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Collaboration Between AFRL, ABL Demonstrates Feasibility of Rapid Space Launch System

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Collaboration Between AFRL, ABL Demonstrates Feasibility of Rapid Space Launch System

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is working with ABL Space Systems to demonstrate how small teams operating in nontraditional sites can operate launch systems.

ABL is using its GS0 deployable ground system and its RS1 launch vehicle for a series of ground demonstrations at various military sites. The first demo included all activities for space launch, from training to operations with cryogenic rocket propellants.

The first demo was completed in a matter of days. The conclusion of the mission allowed officials to determine the minimum resources to activate GS0 and validate the training needed for personnel, AFRL said.

ABL is working to create a system in which operators can launch satellites in less than 24 hours while only using a small team. The company uses packaged infrastructure that requires no lifting equipment to operate.

Dan Piemont, co-founder and president of the aerospace company, said ABL is optimizing RS1 and GS0 for lean operations and is looking at how the capability could provide value to the Department of Defense. He added that the company must be able to adapt to emerging needs as the space sector becomes more competitive.

The demo was done through AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force. The activity includes various experts from across the national security space enterprise.

ABL offers space launch systems to government and commercial clients. It is headquartered in El Segundo, California.

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