ATLAS Space Operations partners with Aevum to support ASLON-45 Space Lift
by Staff Writers
Traverse City MI (SPX) Nov 12, 2019
ATLAS Space Operations reports a new partnership and collaboration on The Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45 space lift mission.
The partnership expands on the existing collaboration between ATLAS and Aevum with the $4.9 million ASLON-45 mission, which provides orbital launch services to the Department of Defense (DOD) Space Test Program and other government agencies. By facilitating experimental satellites in low-Earth orbit, ATLAS and Aevum will help the DOD improve their real-time threat warnings.
"We're ecstatic to announce our long-term relationship with Aevum," said Sean McDaniel, CEO and co-founder of ATLAS. "This partnership will push the envelope of capabilities that are available to the space community. Beyond the ASLON-45 mission, ATLAS and Aevum are looking forward to conducting many successful launches and continuing to empower global access to space."
ATLAS' Freedom Ground Network currently has 31 operational and planned antennas placed strategically around the world. This extensive ground communications network perfectly complements Aevum's scalable launch service, which allows their unmanned, autonomous lift vehicles to launch from virtually any runway in the world and not be limited to range. This combination of services gives the partners and their customers global accessibility to space operations.
A unique advantage of the partnership will be the seamless transition in implementing ATLAS' global communications capabilities. Because Aevum already uses ATLAS for telemetry, tracking, and command, launch support to post-launch support will be a simple transition for customers. Furthermore, the partnership will allow Aevum to lower the cost of launches for small satellite missions.
"By choosing to horizontally integrate with ATLAS, we're shifting the risk away from technology and capital to execution - which involves a lot of trust," said Jay Skylus, founder and CEO of Aevum. "Vertical integration may reduce execution risk but often heightens cost and technology development risks. Our choice to integrate with ATLAS for ground communications provides our customers with more benefits and robust services."
Aevum will now have access to ATLAS' extensive ground station network, enabling the service to conduct launches all over the globe. ATLAS and Aevum's scalable partnership will allow each company to continue to produce cutting-edge capabilities for the space community and better serve their customers.
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Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Nov 07, 2019
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