Spec­trum

Spectrum
Spec­trum
Credit: Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbH

Spectrum

Ot­to­brunn has long been es­tab­lished as an aerospace lo­ca­tion. In this Bavar­i­an mu­nic­i­pal­i­ty, the com­pa­ny Is­ar Aerospace, found­ed in 2018, de­vel­ops and pro­duces its ‘Spec­trum’ launch ve­hi­cle. The 28-me­tre-long small launch­er has a two-stage de­sign and us­es light hy­dro­car­bons and liq­uid oxy­gen as pro­pel­lants. The en­gines are be­ing test­ed in Kiruna (north­ern Swe­den). The Spec­trum rock­et is to be launched in­to space from the Nor­we­gian is­land of Andøya and from the Eu­ro­pean space­port in French Guyana, car­ry­ing small satel­lites weigh­ing up to 1000 kilo­grams in­to low Earth or­bit. On Andøya, where sub­or­bital re­search rock­ets have been tak­ing off since the 1960s, a new space­port is cur­rent­ly be­ing built for the launch of this class of satel­lites. The Ot­to­brunn-based start-up has now se­cured an ex­clu­sive launch site there for the next 20 years. The pic­ture shows the Spec­trum up­per stage in the as­sem­bly hall at Is­ar Aerospace in Ot­to­brunn.

Ottobrunn has long been established as an aerospace location. In this Bavarian municipality, the company Isar Aerospace, founded in 2018, develops and produces its ‘Spectrum’ launch vehicle. The 28-metre-long small launcher has a two-stage design and uses light hydrocarbons and liquid oxygen as propellants. The engines are being tested in Kiruna (northern Sweden). The Spectrum rocket is to be launched into space from the Norwegian island of Andøya and from the European spaceport in French Guyana, carrying small satellites weighing up to 1000 kilograms into low Earth orbit. On Andøya, where suborbital research rockets have been taking off since the 1960s, a new spaceport is currently being built for the launch of this class of satellites. The Ottobrunn-based start-up has now secured an exclusive launch site there for the next 20 years. The picture shows the Spectrum upper stage in the assembly hall at Isar Aerospace in Ottobrunn.

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