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In 2021, The Air Force Research Laboratory and ABL Space Systems partnered with operators from the 2nd Space Launch Squadron and 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, California to demonstrate how launch systems can be operated rapidly by small teams from nontraditional sites. AFWERX, part of AFRL, brought together players from across the national security space enterprise for this rapid rocket launch concept of operations demonstration. The complete test campaign, from training to full operations with cryogenic rocket propellants, validated the strong training base and capability of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force active-duty personnel in conducting liquid rocket CONOPS and fielding of novel deployable systems. (Courtesy photo / ABL Space Systems)
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