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ABL supports Lockheed Martin space payload delivery

6th April 2021 - 11:53 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The GS0 Launch System can be activated from austere locations. (Photo: ABL Space Systems)

ABL provides the RS1 vehicle and GS0 deployable system for payload launches.

ABL Space Systems announced on 5 April that it will provide Lockheed Martin with routine launches of RS1 rockets to accelerate payload technologies into orbit on small satellites.

Lockheed Martin will purchase up to 26 vehicles until 2025 and then up to 32 additional launches until 2029.

‘Launches could use a network of US and international launch sites, including Vandenberg Space Force Base, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and in the United Kingdom,’ ABL noted.

ABL provides launch services with the RS1 launch vehicle and GS0 deployable launch system, which are both under development with funding from the US Space Force.

Using GS0, Lockheed Martin would deliver military and civilian payloads into orbit from deployable launch locations.

‘We believe that routine, dedicated access to space for small satellites is critical to achieving US and allied civil and defence priorities,’ said Dan Piemont, president and co-founder of ABL.

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