Space

From Earth to High Orbit :

A European heavy lifting solution for large payloads and crew.

| WHY


Europe has a leading position in the world when it comes to the launching of small satellites, such as cubesats, microsats, smallsats and constellations. However, when it comes to launching large payloads, or even crewed flight, Europe's space programs are still completely dependant on foreign (i.e.: non-European) launch systems.


Europe has a large number of companies that specialize in low-weight, small-scale rocket launches. However, the high-weight, large-scale market is currently dominated by JAXA from Japan (for freight) and Roscosmos from Russia (for crew), followed by American operators such as SpaceX, Northrop-Grumman and Virgin.


Even today, when ESA astronauts are launched into orbit, they usually do so aboard Russia's Soyuz capsules, carried by Russian Energia rockets, launched from Roscosmos' Baikonur spaceport.


At the same time, American companies are privately developing functional crew launch systems (such as Crew Dragon) and are also developing larger scale launch systems (such as the Super Heavy/Starship combination), while new players (such as China and India) have also developed their own rocket systems capable of carrying human passengers into space.


Beyond that, both the American, Russian, Chinese and Emirati space agencies are developing plans to take humanity back to the Moon, and further to Mars. These include the U.S.'s Gateway lunar orbital space-station and Orion long-range spacecraft, as well as a Chinese-Russian "international" lunar base. Europe's political leadership, however, has no plans of its own, because we are afraid of thinking big thoughts, dreaming big dreams and really competing globally.


However, Europe's current focus on small-time operations means that we risk losing the ability to independently send European astronauts into space, which is contrary to Europe's current objective of reaching "strategic autonomy" in space.


This is where SCHRAMA SPACE comes in: Because no other European company or agency has stepped forward to accept the challenge of privately developed manned spaceflight, SCHRAMA SPACE has started developing orbital launch concepts intented to allow Europe to lift heavy cargo payloads as well as crewed flights into high orbit.


Not only do we intend to capitalize by filling the current void in the European heavy-lift space market, but more than that are we working to put European feet on the surface of the Moon and Mars.

| WHO


SCHRAMA SPACE is a private initiative by Erik Schrama.

| WHAT


To solve Europe's current lack of strategic autonomy vis-a-vis independent access to space, we are developing an innovative concept for a heavy lifting system capable of carrying both heavy payloads and crew modules.


We are currently developing the following concepts in 4 distinct development phases:


PHASE 1 (assessment, ideation & conceptualisation)


CURRENTLY


PHASE 2 (currently):


SLEIPNIR

Named after the flying horse of the Germanic father of the gods, this is our POC sounding rocket, currently in the initial stages of development.


PHASE 3 (near future):


PROMETHEUS

Name after the Greek demigod who stole the secret of fire from the heavens and gave it to humanity, this is our 3-stage rocket, capable of carrying both heavy payloads (over 10 tons) and crew modules. To be developed as an upscaled version of SLEIPNIR.


HERMES

Named after the Greek messenger of the gods, this is our dual-use module, designed to be carried by PROMETHEUS and intended to be able to carry either heavy payloads or astronauts (depending on the requirements set down by the mission profile) into high Earth orbit. HERMES comes into two basic varieties: CARGO and PASSENGER.


PHASE 4 (far future)


EMMA

An acronym of the Dutch "ElektroMagnetische Massa-Aandrijver" (or: "ElectroMagnetic Mass Accelerator"), this is an experimental concept for a next generation non-rocketry based launching system, which SCHRAMA is currently developing.


MÉNULIS

Named after the Lithuanian goddess of the Moon, MÉNULIS is our experimental concept for an orbit-to-surface module intented to land a European astronaut on the surface of the Moon.


TYR

Named after the Germanic god of Mars, Tyr is our concept for an orbit-to-orbit interplanetary spacecraft capable of reaching Mars and landing a European astronaut on the surface of the Red Planet.





| WHERE


We are proudly European. From mixed Dutch-Belgian roots, SCHRAMA SPACE aims to become Europe's frontrunner in commercially developed manned spaceflight.

| HOW & WHEN


Our agreed timeline

| JOIN US


We are constantly expanding our developing operation and are currently looking for talented and enthusiastic contributors, including talent in:

  • engineering
  • metalurgy
  • chemistry
  • PR
  • fundraising
  • legal
  • and more.


Do you believe in an independent European space program and do you want to be part of the development of our innovative and ground-breaking concepts? 


Than contact SCHRAMA SPACE today. Please specify your area of expertise.

| BECOME A PARTNER


Europe has a leading position in the world when it comes to the launching of small satellites, such as cubesats, microsats, smallsats and constellations. However, when it comes to launching large payloads, or even crewed flight, Europe's space programs are still completely dependant on foreign (i.e.: non-European) launch systems.


Even today, when ESA astronauts are launched into orbit, they usually do so aboard Russia's Soyuz capsules, carried by Russian Energia roc

| CONTACT


Do you have any questions?

We love to hear!


Schrama Ruimte/Space HQ

Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, Belgium

info@eschrama.com

| SUPPORT US



Even if you're doing it on a non-profit basis, building a rocket capable of lifting a man into orbit costs money. SCHRAMA SPACE, however, rejects the corporate model that places our hopes and dreams into the complete control of big business, instead focussing on what is best for Europe in particular, and humanity in general.


If you're as passionate about (European) space exploration as we are, then please support us by making a small donation. As we are independent from the big aerospace conglomorates that run Europe's space industry, every euro counts towards the future.

| KIDS' STUFF: SPACE @ HOME


Passion for space exploration starts early.

Be inspired by this fun bottle rocket experiment carried out by our Director and his kids. Easy to do (you just need a couple of plastic bottles, some white vinegar and backing powder, a cork, of course, and lots of enthusiasm!) and great introduction to the basics of rocketry...

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