Morpheus Space Inc. and Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) have jointly signed a letter of intent for cooperation. The two companies will work closely together in the field of propulsion technology in the future.
RFA intends to integrate Morpheus propulsion systems into the orbital stage of its RFA ONE small launch vehicle system to improve its overall performance and sustainability. The RFA ONE is expected to launch up to fifty times a year in the future, delivering satellites into near-Earth orbit quickly, reliably and affordably.
Dr Stefan Brieschenk, Chief Operating Officer at RFA: "For launch vehicles, engines with staged combustion are the best choice: high efficiency allows significantly higher payloads and the best possible energy, CO2 and cost balance of the overall system. For the satellites launched in orbit, Morpheus' electric propulsion systems are groundbreaking: in-space propulsion systems with an unprecedented price-performance ratio will set new standards. The combination of both propulsion technologies will ultimately enable our customers to access space in the most efficient and cost-effective way - from the ground to many years of service-in-orbit."
"The Morpheus team is thrilled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with RFA for the RFA ONE launcher system and to support more sustainable practices in the space industry," said Daniel Bock, co-founder and CEO of Morpheus Space. "By integrating our electric propulsion systems, we are able to provide a network of small, highly efficient, yet cost-effective thrusters. We are approaching a pivotal era in spaceflight, and access to space mobility technologies must be a necessary part of any trade show. RFA and its customers are ahead of what is likely to become a catastrophic problem should other NewSpace companies continue to fail to take the threat of space debris seriously."