RFA-1 is a small liquid fueled orbital launch vehicle, which is being developed by Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), Germany, a subsidiary of OHB System.
The RFA-1 launch vehicle features three stages. Stage one uses nine liquid fuel engines. Each engine is based on a simple gas generator cycle. The turbo pump has been reported to have already been tested and is designed for additive manufacturing. Stage two uses a single engine with the same fuel combination. The tanks of both stages are built from metal. Stage three is a kick stage using green propellants and a flight proven engine.
RFA-1 will be capable of placing 200 kilograms into a 700 kilometer sun-synchronous orbit. A launch site has not yet been selected, but a platform in the North Sea is considered. A maiden flight is planned for the end of 2021.
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No. TypNo Type Date LS Payload
None Planned 1 1 RFA-1 xx.xx.2021 ? ? Launch sites: ?