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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #200 on: 02/04/2019 08:54 pm »
https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1091480640132767744

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Hot out of the oven, the first Alpha 1st stage fuel tank barrel section.  The Firefly Alpha will be 29 meters tall and deliver 1,000 kg to LEO starting in December 2019. Great work by the Firefly composites team! #MakingSpaceForEveryone

https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1092450633372848128

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This video shows the first hotfire test of Firefly-engineered hydraulic thrust vector control actuators on our Lightning engine. More tests with larger sweep angles and both pitch and yaw coming!

https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1092528281528614912

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A newly integrated 2nd stage 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. Great work by the entire team!

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #201 on: 02/06/2019 02:22 am »
Totally missed these the last few weeks.

1. A nice side-by-side of Reaver and Lightning from Mark Watt.
2. COPV burst-test aftermath
3. Firefly's shop floor as of late January
4. Better photo of the S1 prop tank test article
5. High-quality tidbits (with good sound!) of a 200s Lightning test.
6. Alpha stage separation testing with Systima Technologies

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #202 on: 02/11/2019 12:12 pm »
New article on Firefly, Tom Markusic and Max Polyakov:

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After a remarkable resurrection, Firefly may reach space in 2019
"They said 'Screw it, letís just do it and go to space.'"

Eric Berger - 2/11/2019, 12:45 PM

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/firefly-returns-from-the-dead-with-a-larger-rocket-and-lunar-aspirations/

Nothing specific on immediate progress but lots of good background on the company and potential future plans (including the Gamma space plane!).

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« Reply #203 on: 02/12/2019 12:01 am »
No mention in the article about Virgin's law suit in 2016 against Markusic, which is why the investors deserted Firefly and let it fold.


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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #204 on: 02/12/2019 04:43 pm »
No mention in the article about Virgin's law suit in 2016 against Markusic, which is why the investors deserted Firefly and let it fold.
Is there a good article that describes where things stand with that? Lawsuit settled, or still ongoing?
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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #205 on: 02/14/2019 11:02 am »
New article on Firefly, Tom Markusic and Max Polyakov:

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After a remarkable resurrection, Firefly may reach space in 2019
"They said 'Screw it, letís just do it and go to space.'"

Eric Berger - 2/11/2019, 12:45 PM

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/firefly-returns-from-the-dead-with-a-larger-rocket-and-lunar-aspirations/

Nothing specific on immediate progress but lots of good background on the company and potential future plans (including the Gamma space plane!).

That's a really interesting article, thanks for sharing! I've been following Firefly since 2014, the idea of them launching this year kind of makes my head spin.

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