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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1120 on: 03/07/2024 06:00 pm »
https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1765813307569582113

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We're not just testing rockets in Briggs! Our Elytra spacecraft is fresh off the test stand at our Rocket Ranch after successfully completing static load qualification. Built with our carbon composites, Elytra's lightweight barrel weighs just 32 lbs and withstood 22,500 lbs of force (22.5 kip) during testing - far surpassing the force expected during flight.

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Stay tuned as we get ready to launch Elytra on Alpha later this year and complete Elytra's first on-orbit mission for the NRO.

https://fireflyspace.com/missions/elytra-mission-1/

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1121 on: 03/12/2024 06:20 pm »

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1122 on: 03/19/2024 05:51 pm »
What is FLTA006?
Elytra Mission 1:
SAT-LOA-20240315-00057

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The Elytra-1 spacecraft will be launched as a primary payload aboard Firefly’s Alpha rocket, from Vandenberg Space Force Base, no earlier than September 19, 2024. It will be inserted into a Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 475 +/- 20 km apogee and 475 +/- 20 km perigee with an inclination of approximately 97.3 +/- 0.15 degrees with an LTAN of 00:00 +30/-0 mins.

The Elytra bus is 65 cm tall with a diameter of 100 cm. When outfitted for this specific mission, the overall dimensions are 215 cm tall and 196 cm outer diameter. There are four radially-mounted 6U-equivalent CubeSat dispensers mounted directly to the bus, each of which has two spring-loaded doors which remain open once the dispenser is actuated. Each of these dispenser assemblies features a non-deployable solar panel. The bus has a 38-inch class separation system between itself and the launch vehicle. The end of the bus opposite this separation system has an aluminum adapter cone. A FANTM-RiDE CubeSat dispenser from Xtenti, LLC is attached to the adapter cone. This CubeSat dispenser has two actuated doors which can open or close upon command. Elytra-1 has no mechanical deployments (solar arrays, antennas, booms, etc.) other than CubeSat separation events and the dispenser doors. Elytra-1 is instrumented with two full HD color wide field of view cameras (mounted to FANTM-RiDE) and several temperature sensors.

During an interview at Everyday Astronaut's Astro Awards earlier this year, Firefly CEO Bill Webber said this will be Alpha Flight 7 (FLTA007):

https://www.youtube.com/live/XFTSGDkATO0?si=uz197GX5HZ9uKPwH&t=7093

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1123 on: 04/03/2024 08:41 pm »
https://twitter.com/Firefly_Space/status/1775598861123195103

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Congrats to the team on a successful critical design review for Blue Ghost Mission 2! In true Firefly fashion, the milestone was rapidly completed just a year after the NASA CLPS award. More to come as we begin to build the Elytra Dark + Blue Ghost duo to support this mission to lunar orbit and the far side of the Moon. Learn more here: https://fireflyspace.com/missions/blue-ghost-mission-2/
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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1124 on: 04/09/2024 01:42 pm »
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We're thrilled to announce Elytra's new edge computing platform that supports real-time data processing on orbit. Our first customer @KlepsydraTech will utilize the platform to demonstrate their AI application on Elytra Mission 1 later this year.

Article Link:  https://fireflyspace.com/news/firefly-aerospace-announces-agreement-with-klepsydra-technologies-to-demonstrate-edge-computing-in-space/
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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1125 on: 04/16/2024 07:25 pm »
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The next Blue Ghost payload, Electrodynamic Dust Shield (EDS), has been successfully integrated! EDS will test how electric fields can protect spacecraft from hazardous dust particles that cover the Moon's surface.
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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1126 on: 04/28/2024 09:27 pm »
New firefly documentary

« Last Edit: 04/28/2024 09:32 pm by novak »
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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1127 on: 04/29/2024 06:40 am »
New firefly documentary



I have been waiting for this documentary for 3 gosh darn years; I am beyond excited. They've been with them since 2016; this has been in the making for 8 years of drama, turmoil and hardware. I'm not sure about the Tom Markusic angle, but I think the access will shine through. This sort of intimate access to the story of a new space company and everything it goes through just brings tears to my eye. PLEASE BE GOOD.



It's funny because I have no doubt that they expected to release it much earlier when they released the first trailer in 2020 than they actually did, and that's just because stuff kept happening.

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1128 on: 04/29/2024 01:40 pm »
I do wonder how this will impact (or has already impacted) the forthcoming documentary series based on Ashlee Vance's When the Heavens Went on Sale. Since that book had a significant section on Firefly Aerospace, and in principle a documentary based on the book should have an episode about them as well. Will Vance have a different angle on the company? Or will he basically say "someone else is already covering Firefly, so I'll take this opportunity to focus more on the other three companies from my book"?

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1129 on: 05/09/2024 05:55 pm »
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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1130 on: 05/22/2024 06:20 pm »
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-05-22/firefly-aerospace-backers-said-to-explore-1-5-billion-sale?srnd=homepage-americas
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Firefly Aerospace Inc. investors are considering a sale that could value the closely held rocket and moon lander maker at about $1.5 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Backers, which include US private equity firm AE Industrial Partners, are working with an adviser on strategic options for Firefly, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

The company, which is expected to attract interest from private equity firms and space industry peers, could elect against a sale, the people said.

Representatives for AE and Firefly declined to comment.

AE invested $75 million in Cedar Park, Texas-based Firefly as part of a series B financing round in 2022. The firm made a subsequent investment in its Series C round in November 2023, which valued the company at $1.5 billion.

Investors have backed the company on deal making, including its 2023 acquisition of Spaceflight Inc., a satellite developer and broker for launch services, according to Firefly’s website.

Firefly’s single-use Alpha rocket has contracts to launch satellites for the Department of Defense and for NASA, as well as commercial satellite operators.

Firefly also aims to launch its Blue Ghost spacecraft to the moon later this year carrying scientific instruments under a NASA program.

Not a good sign for a rocket company still needs heavy investment.
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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1131 on: 05/22/2024 07:50 pm »
Should be Northrop Grumman as the most potential buyer.

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1132 on: 05/22/2024 08:07 pm »
Should be Northrop Grumman as the most potential buyer.
Most likely candidate if they still want to be in launch industry.

I wouldn't be paying $1.5B given its limited revenue stream. Alpha has only just become operational and is nowhere near being profitable given its low flightrate, need to be at 10 a year. MLV will be a few years aways from profitable flight levels. Starting as ELV then evolving into RLV so going need lot more money invested. Lunar lander is yet to fly let alone land successfully, something its competitors have struggled with. In summary Firefly will be a money pit for few more years.

MLV will be competiting directly with RL Neutron and SpaceX F9R,  both these companies have more flight heritage and strong revenue streams.
« Last Edit: 05/22/2024 08:08 pm by TrevorMonty »

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Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1133 on: 05/22/2024 08:38 pm »
Sierra Space is one possibility, would give them LV for Dreamchaser and satellites they manufacturer. They also have access to good financial backing. The big question is what happens to Wallops Antares pad if NG is no longer involved. NG still own/lease it and Dreamchaser is competitor to Cygnus.

Re: Firefly Space : Company and Development General Thread
« Reply #1134 on: 05/24/2024 06:15 pm »
Sierra Space is one possibility, would give them LV for Dreamchaser and satellites they manufacturer. They also have access to good financial backing. The big question is what happens to Wallops Antares pad if NG is no longer involved. NG still own/lease it and Dreamchaser is competitor to Cygnus.

I don't see any reason to think NG wouldn't still be involved at that point. Cygnus still needs to launch somehow. And anyway, they're all businesses; finding some exchange of money that makes NG ok with a Sierra-owned-Firefly using their Wallops lease is actually the easy part.
« Last Edit: 05/24/2024 06:17 pm by JEF_300 »
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