The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) office, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise, awarded a $4.9 million contract to Aevum, Inc. for the Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45 space lift mission via RSLP’s Small Rocket Program-Orbital (SRP-O) framework.
The ASLON-45 mission will provide orbital launch services in support of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Space Test Program (STP) and other Government agencies; improving the DOD’s real-time threat warnings.
SMC originally selected Vector Launch, Inc. for the award; however, Vector formally withdrew on Aug. 26, 2019. The RSLP used the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 13.5 Simplified Acquisition Procedures to expedite another award.
This will be the first U.S. Air Force mission for Aevum, Inc. and will be launched from Cecil Air and Space Port in Jacksonville, Fla. The initial launch capability of the ASLON-45 mission is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.
Aevum is planning to launch the mission abroad a small expendable two-stage rocket that will be launched from a reusable supersonic fully autonomous carrier aircraft. The system, called Ravn, is designed to make regular quick launches of small satellites.