Feb 22,2019

Space startup Firefly to build $52 million rocket factory at Cape Canaveral, add 239 jobs. The Space Coast is adding another rocket launch company to its ranks. Small-to medium-sized rocket builder Firefly Aerospace announced it plans to build a manufacturing facility on the Space Coast and launch its rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Feb 19, 2019

Firefly conducts lightning engine thrust vector control (TVC) demonstration of a “Figure 8” pattern. The TVC system, which utilizes in-house-developed actuators, control electronics and software, will allow the Alpha second stage guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) algorithms to accurately insert payloads in low earth orbits. 

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Feb 18, 2019

Early Saturday morning (Feb 16) Firefly’s Facility Development team, led by Director Joel Waldrum, laid the foundation of Firefly’s new 25,000 square-foot R&D Machine Shop at their Briggs, TX site

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Feb 14, 2019

In November, NASA tagged nine American companies including Firefly Aerospace as eligible to bid on delivering robotic NASA payloads to the moon, via Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts. Thursday (Feb 14), NASA officials announced that the first "task order" for such a delivery will likely come out in a month or so — and that flight is expected to follow in relatively short order

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Feb 11, 2019

Eric Berger from Ars Technica recently visited Firefly and penned an in-depth article on the history of Firefly from financial difficulties to finding a new investor and future plans including working for the government on both civil and national defense programs as well as building a space plane for small satellites and in-space vehicles for orbit transfer and debris removal. Great pictures show progression from breaking ground at the test site to building integrated stages

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Feb 05, 2019

Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic provides commentary on the rapidly expanding SmallSat industry launch in the latest issue of SatMagazine. Dr. Markusic states that Firefly's plans for 2019 include qualification testing of both stages of its Alpha launch vehicle, flight acceptance testing in May and a December 2019 first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 2-West

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Feb 04, 2019

A newly integrated 2nd stage for Firefly Alpha is headed to the test stand. The Firefly structures team has developed an innovative composite boss for the LOx tank that eliminates issues around metal bosses mated to composite structures at cryogenic temperatures

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Feb 01, 2019

Firefly composites team produced the first Alpha 1st stage fuel tank barrel section as seen on the official Twitter page. The Firefly Alpha will be 29 meters tall and deliver 1,000 kg to LEO starting in December 2019

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