Generation Orbit Enters Cooperative R&D Agreement with AFRL

GO Launcher. (Credit: Generation Orbit)
GO Launcher. (Credit: Generation Orbit)

ATLANTA, GA, 22 July, 2013 (GO PR) — In collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate, Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) announced today the initiation of a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

Under the agreement, the two parties will advance the technical maturity of a set of air launch rocket systems, designed to provide dedicated space transportation services to small payloads. The launch services will enable flexible, reliable, and affordable access to space for military, commercial, and academic customers.

The Air Force has shown keen interest in developing technologies that enable responsive access to space to meet its mission needs. The two-year agreement will pave the way for cooperative computational and experimental tasks along the path to a comprehensive flight test program. Throughout the effort, GO and AFRL will exchange technical and operational expertise, as well as share computing resources and ground testing facilities.

AFRL project coordinator Barry Hellman shared his thoughts on the collaboration.

“The opportunity to improve our in-house computational and experimental capabilities in the context of subsonic air launch will allow us to enhance both our design and analysis competencies.” Further, Hellman emphasized the synergistic nature of GO’s system with the goals of dedicated and responsive launch of small satellites.

GO COO A.J. Piplica expanded on the mutual value of the agreement to both parties.

“The CRADA allows us to share valuable resources and expertise between our organizations, eventually leading to a fully mature dedicated launch capability. That operational service will open the doors of dedicated, responsive space access to the micro and nano satellite community, ultimately evolving the capabilities and utility of small spacecraft far beyond what we see today.”

About Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.

Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) focuses on providing fast, flexible, and dedicated space transportation services for small payloads. The distinct service lines of GOLauncher1 and GOLauncher2 supply suborbital and orbital customers with reliable access to space. The unique air launch approach developed by GO and its development partners offers flexible launch capabilities, poised to reduce fixed infrastructure needs, launch costs, and the time from contract signature to launch. Air launch system experience at GO dates back over 10 years, providing a distinct advantage throughout the design and analysis process. As a systems integrator, GO compiles multiple aspects of the launch architecture to provide a streamlined service to scientists, researchers, and industry customers alike.

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