The German government is studying a proposal from German industry to create a mobile launchpad for satellites in the North Sea.
Under the plan, small satellites weighing up to one tonne would be launched with German-built rockets. No site has been chosen yet, but it would be in Germany’s economic zone. The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is lobbying for the project, German media report.
It would be a public-private partnership. German media quote the BDI proposal as saying “a German launchpad is technically feasible and makes strategic and economic sense”. Massive reliance on satellites in the digital economy – for new technologies like self-driving cars – makes space projects attractive for start-ups.
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