How It’s Going
Missions, programs, updates – here’s what we’ve been up to.
ABL Space Systems has appointed Kevin Sagis to the newly created position of Chief Product Officer and Enterprise Chief Engineer. Sagis will direct ABL’s execution strategy and technical program roadmap, as well as manage technical risk through flight. He will also oversee ABL’s Mission Assurance activities and Chief Engineer’s office.
The Federal Aviation Administration notified ABL Space Systems it has closed the mishap investigation into the Flight 1 anomaly of the RS1 launch vehicle that occurred on Jan. 10, 2023.
ABL Space Systems has been quiet since the company conducted its first launch attempt in January, which resulted in the rocket crashing back down to Earth a little over 10 seconds after liftoff. Now we know why: They have been very, very, very busy.
ABL has been selected by Space Systems Command’s Assured Access to Space office for a tactically responsive launch demonstration. The $15 million contract, part of our existing STRATFI contract, complements ABL’s ongoing work for low cost, flexible launch supporting Tactically Responsive Space (TacRS).