Space launches take months or years to plan, but the U.S. Air Force now wants to demonstrate how to compress the schedule to a single day. The new Rapid Space Launch Initiative (RSLI) challenges space launch providers to propose concepts for demonstrating an on-orbit capability for a satellite weighing up to 220 kg (485 lb.) within 24 hr. of receiving a call from the Air Force. A May 30 notice released by Air Force Space Command sets up an ambitious demonstration scenario: An unforeseen ...

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