We build rockets to launch small satellites.

RS1

RS1 is a resilient launch vehicle purpose-built for the high-cadence, low-cost, no-fuss future of orbital launch. Simple tank architecture, pressurization, and propellant management systems simplify manufacturing and launch operations. Time-tested engine architectures provide a path to reliable flight performance. Metallic structures and proven, industrial methods of manufacture minimize technical risk.
RS1 is the rocket you build when you focus on the only true design constraint: it has to work.
Diameter
72"
Length
88'
Propellants
LOX / RP-1
Propellant Feed
Turbopump
Flight Safety
Autonomous
Stage 1 Engines
3x E1 Boost
Stage 1 Thrust
126,000 lbf
Stage 2 Engines
1x E2 Vacuum
Stage 2 Thrust
13,000 lbf
Engine Cycle
Gas generator

Capability

  • 1,200kg to LEO
  • 875kg to 500km SSO
  • 400kg to GTO
  • Multi-burn 2nd stage for complex missions

Pricing

RS1 provides a 3x reduction in cost per kilogram from current operational vehicles under 2,000kg capacity.
Price
$12M
Price/kg to 200km
$10,000
Price/kg to SSO
$13,714

Payloads

RS1 offers a class-leading fairing volume that can accommodate a variety of small satellite configurations.
Multi-Manifest
Batch Deployment
Dedicated

Launch

Commercial

  • Launch from any FAA-licensed launch site
  • Modern payload integration facilities
  • Flexible launch windows
  • Access to polar and equatorial inclinations

Mobile

  • No fixed infrastructure
  • Truck-mounted, deployable ground systems
  • Field serviceable flight systems
  • Short call-up times for space resiliency

Launch (OLD)

  • No fixed infrastructure
  • Truck-mounted ground systems
  • Field serviceable flight systems
  • One week call-up time

Engines

Designed and manufactured in-house, ABL's E1 and E2 engines leverage modern additive manufacturing while using the reliable gas generator cycle and proven production techniques to achieve a revolutionary low cost.
E1 Boost
42,000 lbf thrust (sl)
E2 Vacuum
13,000 lbf thrust (vac)
Propellants
LOX / RP-1
Propellant Feed
Turbopump
Engine Cycle
Gas generator

Timeline

Q4 2018
Ground System Activation
Q4 2019
Stage Test
Q1 2020
Vehicle Integration
Q3 2020
Test Launch
Q4 2020+
Commercial Launch
Ground System Activation
Q4 2018
Vehicle Integration
Q1 2020
Commercial Launch
Q4 2020+
Q4 2019
Stage Test
Q3 2020
Test Launch
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RS1 Payload User's Guide
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