Lockheed Martin Procures ABL Space’s RS1 Rockets for Rapid Launches

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  • 05:26 AM, April 6, 2021
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Lockheed Martin Procures ABL Space’s RS1 Rockets for Rapid Launches
ABL GS0 Launch System Deployment

Lockheed Martin said it has entered into a long-term agreement with rocket builder ABL Space Systems for the supply of RS1 rockets.

Lockheed Martin will purchase up to 26 vehicles through 2025 and then up to 32 additional launches through 2029. Launches could use a network of U.S. and international launch sites, including Vandenberg Space Force Base, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and in the United Kingdom.

Lockheed Martin benefits from ABL's lower-cost launch vehicle by accelerating risk reduction with demonstration missions, which lay the groundwork for future large efforts. As a new entrant, ABL gets the benefit of a long term partnership and stable launch manifest for its future growth.

ABL provides launch services with the RS1 launch vehicle and GS0 deployable launch system, which are both under development with funding from the U.S. Space Force. RS1 is capable of delivering up to 1,350 kg to low Earth orbit. GS0 is a containerized system operable by a small team to rapidly launch RS1 from new sites in the U.S. and around the world.

Lockheed Martin is developing payload technologies to support a variety of mission areas, such as earth observation, global ubiquitous communications, climate monitoring and beyond. 

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