Germany has approved the siting of a rocket-launching vessel in the North Sea. The platform could launch small to medium-sized satellites into orbit.
The news emerged at a ceremony in Berlin and where the German Offshore Spaceport Alliance (GOSA) welcomed the commitment.
The vessel will have a land-based home on the Weser Estuary near Bremerhaven. The sea-based area of activity is within Germany’s exclusive economic zone and roughly mid-way between the North-East on England and Denmark.
The partners in the GOSA project include Deutsche Offshore Consult (DOC), maritime communications provider Media Mobil, German rocket builder OHB which is involved with Rocket Factory Augsburg; ship owner Harren & Partner and BLG Logistics. Insurer Lampe Schwartze completes the venture.