Aevum Builds Drone-Launched Rocket Under Air Force Contract

Aevum Builds Drone-Launched Rocket Under Air Force Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Alabama-based space startup Aevum is developing a drone-launched rocket under a $4.9M contract with the U.S. Air Force, SpaceNews reported Tuesday.

The Ravn X launch system is designed to transport over 100 kilograms of payloads to sun-synchronous orbit using a reusable turbojet-based drone and is expected to launch before October 2021 to support the service branch's Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer-45 mission.

“The ASLON-45 mission was developed as a small launch opportunity for emerging providers in the very small mass-to-orbit market niche,“ Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center's Launch Enterprise, told the publication in an email.

Jay Skylus, founder and CEO of Aevum, said ASLON-45 marks the company's first mission for the Pentagon and that the startup is “seeking partners who can provide domain expertise and strategic capital“ to support growth efforts.

Aevum also plans to develop a larger launch system, Ravn, that would bring about 300 kilograms of payloads to orbit.

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