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ESA Request for Information (RFI) in preparation of the European Launcher Challenge - Deadline 30th June 2024

In preparing the European Launcher Challenge (ELC) the European Space Agency is reaching out to European launch service providers through a Request for Information (RFI). The ELC is a unique opportunity to participate and play an important role in shaping the future of Europe’s access to space.

This initiative, that was announced in Seville, Spain, in November 2023, is the result of the ESA Council deciding to prepare the future of European space transportation by promoting a greater choice for European access to space to increase competitiveness of European launch services. ESA Member States will decide on the exact parameters of the Challenge and fund it at the ESA ministerial Council in 2025. This Request for Information is a key element towards achieving this goal that foresees a competition between European launch service providers to serve European institutional launch demands.

It is foreseen that winners of the challenge will get ESA support for the demonstration of their ability to develop and fly a service and have opportunities to bid for institutional launch service contracts.

While the competitive selection process of the European Launcher Challenge is scheduled for early 2025, today ESA invites European launch service providers through this Request for Information to participate in preparing the European Launcher Challenge by promoting their service projects and expressing their views and expectations on the future of European access to space.

Please consult the campaign page for more information on how to participate. Submissions must be provided before 30 June 2024.


Hjalte Osborn Frandsen
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Email: hof@ufm.dk
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