California-based ABL Space Systems has been named as the launch provider for NASA’s cryogenic demonstration mission which will demonstrate in-space transfer of cryogenic liquid hydrogen.

Scheduled to take place in 2023, the mission will demonstrate numerous novel cryogenic propellant management technologies and forge a path to sustainable Artemis operations on the moon and beyond.

Now supportting such effort, ABL will deploy its geosynchronous orbit (GSO) launch system whilst also advancing its RS1 with a hydrogen-compatible fairing and payload support systems.

On this, Dan Piemont, President of ABL Space Systems, said, “We do a lot of work at ABL focused on serving our customers’ needs in the immediate future. Science missions like this let our team look further out onto the horizon and contribute to NASA’s long-term roadmap of human exploration of the solar system.

“This cryo demo is a great example of the unique science missions enabled by low-cost, dedicated launch, and we’re happy that RS1 was chosen.”