Who will put the first French micro-launcher in orbit? While the suspense remains intact, the two actors have just taken a nice step forward. Hyperspace and Sirius Space Services won, calling for government-launched micro-launchers projects as part of the France 2030 plan on Friday, June 3rd. Out of a dozen applications, including a jury, two start-ups were selected: Public Bank Bpifrance, CNES and the General Directorate of Enterprises (DGE). The criteria tested include the technical reliability of the project, the economic equation (launch price, target market), and the level of innovation proposed by the project. The amount of subsidy received is not communicated, but the call for the project provides Euro support for the development and industrialization phase from 400,000 euros to 1.2 million euros at the initial stage of the project, then 1.2 to 5 million euros.
The competition, unprecedented in France, was announced by Economy Minister Bruno Le Mayer on December 6, 2021, during his visit to the Aryan Group site in Vernon (EUR). The Bar বসa boss then detailed the roadmap for the French space sector, which France would benefit from a 1.5 1.5 billion envelope in the 2030 plan, half of which would benefit SMEs and start-ups. Bruno Le Mayer announced the launch of a mini-launcher dedicated to Aryan Group, MySpace, and a call for projects known as small launchers, micro-launchers. “We will provide funding, technical support and we will guarantee first order for these micro-launchers,” the minister promised at the time.