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 partially reusable large 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 orbit.
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: We believe that international competition is not just good, but absolutely necessary to bring humanity to the Moon and Mars as quickly as possible. So, 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, we aim to put European feet on the surface of the Moon and Mars.