Schrama Space is a Dutch/European startup company launched in 2021, with the aim of developing innovative non-rocket-based solutions for European space exploration.
| WHAT & WHY
Rockets are obsolete.
As every student of space exploration knows: Rockets are really a bad solution to try and reach space, as the traditional booster rocket has a few major drawbacks. The most fundamental of these is that it requires a huge amount of power to launch an object out of our atmosphere and gravity well; and that power equals fuel. Which is why a rocket requires a lot of fuel. To make it worse, a rocket has to carry its own fuel along. Which makes a booster rocket: ✔ Heavy ✔ Large ✔ Expensive ✔ Inefficient ✔ Dangerous ✔ Polluting ✔ Unsustainable ✔ Impractical.
The fact that even with the most efficient rocket fuels in existence today, about 9/10 of the mass of a modern rocket is still needed to carry fuel and only 1/10 of the rocket can carry useful cargo or passengers, points to the need to find a better solution for reaching space, at least, if we really want humanity to gain a foothold in space and even ever set foot on other planets.
In addition, rocket technology is polluting: Not only do booster rockets produce high emissions, which are incompatible with the world's current focus on clean air and long-term sustainable technology, but empty rocket stages that have been discarded also pose an acute danger to navigation in space: More space debris is added every year. Which is why we need to look for a way to reach space that creates less pollution, not more.
The dream of effective and efficient space travel and of humanity as "an interplanetary race" traveling between the planets will never become a reality as long as we continue to rely on an inefficient, expensive and old-fashioned technology like launchers.
Schrama Space is a European space startup, initiated in 2021, with the goal of developing practical, economical and innovative solutions for transporting heavy loads & passengers into high Earth orbit, specifically for the European space sector. Our mission is to give Europe the opportunity to travel autonomously to the Moon, to Mars and far beyond.
With our own means and under our own flag; and without help from the US, Russia or China.
| OUR LABORATORY
You can't get anything done without first having good ideas and thorough preparation. To solve the current European lack of strategic autonomy in space, we are developing a number of innovative concepts for experimental carrier systems that can lift both heavy payloads and passenger modules.
AT THIS MOMENT WE ARE DEVELOPING THE FOLLOWING EXPERIMENTAL CONCEPTS:
An acronym for "ElectroMagnetic Mass Array". This is our experimental concept for a next generation launch system that is not based on rocket technology, but uses an electromagnetic railgun or catapult to launch self-contained modules; and is now under development at SCHRAMA SPACE. This concept is based on the observation that the main problem of launchers is the fact that they have to lift their own fuel with them; and that the efficiency of such machines is therefore very low (as also described in the rocket formula). By decoupling the propulsion from the cargo/passenger module and transforming the energy supply and drive of the launcher system into a stationary launcher, we have succeeded in drastically reducing the amount of energy required for a successful launch.
Named after the southern Dutch legend of the Bokkerijders, this is our experimental concept for the module that will be launched by EMMA. One basic dual-use module, with the idea of being able to lift either heavy payloads or astronauts (based on the requirements of the mission profile) into high Earth orbit.
3. BLIKSEM: This is our conceptual POC sounding rocket with which we are testing the possibilities of launching rockets on biofuels, among other things.
Named after the ancient Germanic goddess, FRIJA is our experimental concept for an Earth-to-Moon module that will land a Dutch astronaut on the surface of the Moon.
Named after the Germanic god of Mars, Tyr is our experimental concept for an interplanetary spacecraft that will be able to reach Mars and land a European astronaut on the surface of the Red Planet.