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RFA-1

RFA-1 [RFA]

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.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
RFA-1 Stage 1 / 9 × ? Stage 2 / 1 × ? Stage 3 / ?
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
RFA-1 200 - - - -
No.  TypNo Type             Date            LS         Payload 

None


Planned

 1    1          RFA-1      xx.xx.2021      ?          ?


Launch sites:

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