Last updateSun, 28 Nov 2021 1pm

Lúnasa and RFA sign memorandum of understanding

RFA joins forces with Lúnasa to provide flexible and cost-effective in-orbit services

Lúnasa Ltd. and Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) have jointly signed a letter of intent. The two companies are thus consolidating their partnership in the field of space logistics to offer flexible and cost-effective launch services to small satellite customers. They will mutually benefit from each other's experience, methods and networks.

The common goal of both companies is to provide small satellite operators with flexible and cost-effective access to space. The MoU reflects a mutual desire to work closely together to facilitate the launch of small satellites into their final orbit. The RFA ONE launch vehicle, developed by RFA, will carry the reusable Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) "VIA" into low-Earth orbit and will be used for resupply flights.
The agreement was already concluded at the beginning of October and is now to be announced at Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen.
"We designed our RFA ONE from the beginning to be compatible with other transfer vehicles. Lúnasa's reusable "VIA" is an optimal complement to our own launch technology and will allow us to offer our launch services in an even more diverse and tailored way," says Dr Stefan Tweraser, Chief Executive Officer of RFA.
Jörn Spurmann, Chief Commercial Officer of RFA, adds: "The compatibility of our rocket with a large number of OTVs is a key element of our business case and goes hand in hand with our vision to make space accessible to everyone - easily, quickly and cost-effectively."
"Lúnasa and RFA's goals align well in enabling SMEs, universities and other institutions to innovate and provide services and technologies that are otherwise dominated by larger companies due to the high cost of accessing space. We believe this will remove some of the barriers to entry and stimulate the space market with even more competitive and innovative products, while creating more jobs," says Amin Chabi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lúnasa.


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