German rocket maker plans to launch from Unst

Shetland Space Centre secured a further boost today with a German rocket maker announcing its intention to launch from Unst. 

HyImpulse Technologies plans to begin engine testing and launching sub-orbital sounding rockets in Shetland this year with a view to a maiden orbital flight in 2023. 

The company has pioneered environmentally-friendly hybrid fuel technology which will be deployed in all launches. 

HyImpulse Co-CEO Christian Schmierer said: “We have signed letters of intent with several potential customers to take their payloads into orbit. 

“It was therefore very important for us to secure a launch pad and site ahead of time and to start with our mission planning. 

“Shetland Space Centre allows us to offer frequent, reliable access to space with a great variety of efficient flight routes.” 

CEO Mario Kobald added: “Our engine will be green and we are pleased to see their emphasis on environmental and social responsibilities.”  

Shetland Space Centre CEO Frank Strang said: “We are truly international in our outlook and are delighted that long discussions with Christian, Mario and their team through our German subsidiary have culminated in common activities starting this year. 

“Post-Covid, we look forward to welcoming everyone associated with the HyImpulse project to Shetland and to the beginning of a strong partnership.”