Firefly Alpha

Active Firefly Alpha

Firefly Aerospace (FA)

Sept. 3, 2021

Description

Firefly Alpha (Firefly α) is a two-stage orbital expendable launch vehicle developed by the American aerospace company Firefly Aerospace to cover the commercial small satellite launch market. Alpha is intended to provide launch options for both full vehicle and ride share customers.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    29.0 m
  • Diameter
    1.82 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    2.21 m
  • Launch Mass
    54 T
  • Thrust
    736 kN
Family
  • Name
    Firefly Alpha
  • Family
    Firefly Alpha
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Firefly Alpha
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $15000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    1000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    630 kg

Firefly Aerospace

Commercial
Bill Weber
FA 2014

Firefly Aerospace is an American private aerospace firm based in Austin, Texas, that develops small and medium-sized launch vehicles for commercial launches to orbit.

Upcoming Spaceflights


Firefly Alpha | FLTA005 (VCLS Demo 2 Mission Two)

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD May, 2024
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Fourth flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher, carrying its first payload for NASA.

Low Earth Orbit
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Firefly Alpha | FLTA004 Fly the Lightning

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Dec. 22, 2023, 5:32 p.m.
Status: Launch was a Partial Failure
Mission:

Firefly’s Alpha rocket will launch Lockheed Martin’s new wideband Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) technology integrated on a Terran Orbital Nebula satellite bus. Developed within Lockheed Martin Space’s Ignite organization using a proprietary design, the ESA payload will demonstrate faster on-orbit sensor calibration to deliver rapid capabilities to U.S. warfighters.

Low Earth Orbit
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Firefly Alpha | FLTA003 (VICTUS NOX)

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Sept. 15, 2023, 2:28 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Third flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher, carrying a payload for the US Department of Defense.

Low Earth Orbit
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Firefly Alpha | FLTA002 (To The Black)

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Oct. 1, 2022, 7:01 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Second test flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace.

Low Earth Orbit #ToTheBlack
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Firefly Alpha | FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Sept. 3, 2021, 1:59 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

First flight of the new Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace. It will carry Firefly’s DREAM (Dedicated Research & Education Accelerator Mission), which includes various payloads like cubesats, personal items, pictures, DNA samples and more to inspire young people to pursue STEM education.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9
Success
1 day, 18 hours ago
Starlink Group 6-52
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
2 days, 20 hours ago
Starlink Group 6-51
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2D
Success
5 days, 13 hours ago
SuperView Neo 3-01
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Commercial Earth observation satellite built by CAST for China Siwei Survey and Mapping Technology Co. Ltd, with 0.5 m resolution over 9 image wavele…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week ago
Starlink Group 6-49
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
USSF-62
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

First Weather System Follow-on (WSF) satellite. WSF-M (Weather System Follow-on - Microwave) is the next-generation operational environmental sate…