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The Light Launcher Landscape: A Compilation and Assessment of Publicly Available Data on Market, Competition and Financing

Burkhardt, Holger (2018) The Light Launcher Landscape: A Compilation and Assessment of Publicly Available Data on Market, Competition and Financing. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 69 th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 1.-5. Okt. 2018, Bremen, Deutschland.

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Abstract

Light launch vehicles are currently a hot topic in the space transportation business. More than 100 light launcher development projects can be counted worldwide. Many seem to be still in a very preliminary phase of their development, while others have demonstrated substantial technology developments. Rocket Lab with its Electron launch vehicle is one of the few who already have successfully reached orbit. Common to most is the fact that these endeavors are exclusively or to a large degree privately funded. This paper will try to compile and assess publicly available data relevant to the light launcher market. First focus will be a short overview on the launch vehicle developments themselves. This is complemented by a high level view of the funding situation, or more specifically the inflow of investment capital. Last but not least, the market side is addressed. A first assessment focuses on the share of payloads compatible with light launchers within the global payload count. This is complemented by a compilation of market forecasts, evidencing the challenges and opportunities for light launchers. The paper is to a large extend based on an assessment of the calendar year 2017, while taking trends and evolutions within 2018 in due account where appropriate or where data is available.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121903/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Light Launcher Landscape: A Compilation and Assessment of Publicly Available Data on Market, Competition and Financing
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Burkhardt, Holgerholger.burkhardt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7697-5830
Date:2 October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Accepted
Keywords:Light Launchers, Market, Competition, Financing
Event Title:69 th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Bremen, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:1.-5. Okt. 2018
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bonn-Oberkassel
Institutes and Institutions:Space Administration
Deposited By: Burkhardt, Holger
Deposited On:01 Feb 2019 10:34
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:19

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