Aevum Builds Drone-Launched Rocket Under Air Force Contract

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.

Check Also

social media

CDC Seeks Social Media Monitoring Web Service

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention facility is seeking information on the availability of a web service that combines artificial intelligence and thematic analysis to understand sentiment in certain digital conversations across social networks.


BAE’s US Arm Joins GPS Innovation Alliance

BAE Systems' U.S. subsidiary became the sixth member company of the GPS Innovation Alliance, which aims to promote the adoption of global positioning systems and secure the technology.

Ernst and Young

EY Awarded Fourth Year Option Under DHA Audit Contract

The Defense Health Agency has exercised the fourth option of a potential five-year, $61.2M audit readiness support contract with Ernst & Young. The company will continue to support DHA's defense health program financial reporting and compliance division through Aug. 7 next year, the Department of Defense said Friday.