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Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schröder
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.02.2020 to 31.01.2023
EU contribution:
3.082.740 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870340.  


Recovery and Return-To-Base European Reusable Micro-Launcher Project


The demand for small satellites (with masses lower than 500 kg) is being fuelled by numerous industries, from agriculture and energy, to civil engineering and defence. To serve this market, microlaunchers are being developed all over the world. However, in order to offer cost-effective and flexible access to space for small satellites, technological and operational innovation is fundamental. The EU-funded RRTB project will develop a disruptive recovery system that will allow the reuse of the first stage of the MESO microlauncher. The project studies the atmospheric re-entry of the vehicle, the landing phase of the first stage using novel electric ducted fans and the design of robust and reusable structure and cryogenic tanks.


  • Pangea Aerospace S.I., Spain (Coordinator)
  • Heron Engineering Mechanical Structural Analysis EPE, Greece
  • Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Thales Alena Space S.p.A., Italy
  • Institut von Karman de Dynamique des Fluides, Belgium
  • TOSEDA s.r.o., Czechia
  • Demos Space Sociedad Limitada Unipersonal, Spain