Germany has approved the siting of a rocket-launching vessel in the North Sea. The platform could launch small to medium-sized satellites into orbit.

The news emerged at a ceremony in Berlin and where the German Offshore Spaceport Alliance (GOSA) welcomed the commitment.

The Vision
We want to simplify the access to space
Germany profits from the boom of the New Space movement, a growing number of startups and small and medium-sized companies offering space-based solutions stimulates the space industry in Germany. A spaceport provides the historic opportunity for this growing New Space location to develop a cluster in a future market and thereby create an economic eco system, which spans everything from the manufacturer of the smallest screw to the complete application of the product.

Want to ensure the European sovereignty
The access to space for the institutional customer is only independently guaranteed, if the space port lies within the sovereign territory. For the New Space approach, to start as cost-efficiently and quickly as possible, a launching site in the center of the European continent is mandatory. Furthermore, it forms a stable and strategically relevant starting point for many institutional applications. Thereby we make a crucial commitment for securing the own space infrastructure.

We want to catalyze the European economy
By 2028 four times more satellites than in the past decade will be launched, 86% of which will come from the small and micro satellite segment. Apart from the mega constellations the number of smaller satellite swarms and unique missions will rise. The German and European space sector has the best technologic and economic requirements to participate in this growth, if the launch can be done cost-efficiently and without complicatedness. The offshore spaceport provides optimal conditions for this.

Source: GOSA

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