Aevum Ravn X, a fully autonomous orbital rocket launching drone

In summary, space startup Aevum has unveiled the world's first fully autonomous orbital rocket-launching drone called Ravn X. It is 80 feet long, has a 60-foot wingspan, and a max weight of 55,000 lbs. Currently, 70% of the system is reusable, with plans to increase it to 95% in the future. The delivery system is designed for rapid response delivery and can launch small satellites to orbit in 180 minutes. It uses traditional jet fuel and can take off and land on any one-mile stretch of a traditional aircraft runway. There are plans to use hydrogen as fuel in the future. The first launch is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. The rocket stages use
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Space startup Aevum debuts world’s first fully autonomous orbital rocket launching drone
Aevum aims to provide end-to-end, rapid-response flights to orbit -- and the tech is ready
https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/03/s...ly-autonomous-orbital-rocket-launching-drone/

The Ravn X launch vehicle is 80 feet long and has a 60-foot wingspan, with a total max weight of 55,000 lbs including payload. Seventy percent of the system is fully reusable today, and Skylus says the goal is to iterate on that to the point where 95% of the launch system will be reusable in the relatively near future.

Ravn X’s delivery system is designed for rapid response delivery, and is able to get small satellites to orbit in as little as 180 minutes — with the capability of having it ready to fly and deliver another again fairly shortly after that. It uses traditional jet fuel, the same kind used on commercial airliners, and it can take off and land in “virtually any weather,” according to Skylus. It also takes off and lands on any one-mile stretch of traditional aircraft runway, meaning it can theoretically use just about any active airport in the world as a launch and landing site.
There should be an opportunity for it to use hydrogen as fuel.
 
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One of they key defining differences of Aevum relative to other space launch startups is that what they’re presenting isn’t theoretical, or in development
If your system has never launched anything to space it's very much in development. In fact, I don't see any test of the rocket (but that doesn't rule out some tests in private).
Edit: Based on the video they didn't even fly the aircraft yet.

70% -> 95% reusability means recovering the first rocket stage?

I couldn't find any useful information about the rocket on the website, but this external news says 100 kg to sun-synchronous 500 km orbit.

The first launch seems to be scheduled for the third quarter of 2021: News from Sep 2019

24:00 in the video shows the vehicle and some aircraft data - it's a subsonic aircraft, 25 tonnes.
Two liquid-fuel rocket stages using the same engine type.

Edit: Liquid oxygen in the rocket stages. They'll need to build some more infrastructure for that.
 
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Edit: Liquid oxygen in the rocket stages. They'll need to build some more infrastructure for that.

There are mobile oxygen plants in standard sized shipping containers but it is a bit odd to avoid RP-1 due to availability problems if you plan to ship oxygen or an oxygen plant around.

ETA: Using Jet-A would also be a problem if they plan first stage reuse, one of the main advantages of RP-1 is that it is formulated to avoid sulfur compounds, aromatics and olefins that causes very nasty deposits due to polymerization and coking in the engines.
 
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Related to Aevum Ravn X, a fully autonomous orbital rocket launching drone

1. What is Aevum Ravn X?

Aevum Ravn X is a fully autonomous orbital rocket launching drone developed by Aevum, Inc. It is designed to launch small satellites into orbit without the need for a traditional launchpad or ground infrastructure.

2. How does Aevum Ravn X work?

Aevum Ravn X uses artificial intelligence and advanced automation technology to autonomously carry out all aspects of the launch process, from pre-flight checks to actual launch and deployment of the satellite.

3. What are the benefits of using Aevum Ravn X?

One of the main benefits of Aevum Ravn X is its ability to launch satellites into orbit quickly and efficiently, without the need for traditional launch infrastructure. This makes it a cost-effective option for small satellite companies and reduces the time and resources required for launch.

4. Is Aevum Ravn X safe?

Aevum Ravn X is designed with safety as a top priority. It undergoes rigorous testing and has built-in redundancies to ensure a safe and successful launch. It also has the ability to abort the launch if any issues arise.

5. What is the future of Aevum Ravn X?

Aevum Ravn X has the potential to revolutionize the satellite launch industry by offering a more efficient and cost-effective method of launching small satellites into orbit. It is also constantly evolving and improving, with plans to eventually launch larger payloads and expand its capabilities.

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