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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, let’s 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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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« 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, let’s 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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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #206 on: 02/19/2019 06:11 am »
More evidence Firefly have the funding to get to orbit:

https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1097508385551986688

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Early Saturday morning 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 our Briggs, TX site. Amazing work by the whole team!

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #207 on: 02/19/2019 07:27 pm »
https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1097955106073595905

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

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #208 on: 02/22/2019 02:10 pm »
https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1098962608365989888

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At Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 20 for this morning’s announcement. Hey, the background might be a clue as to what’s coming to the Cape...

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https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1098966799029280771

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The Alpha rockets Firefly Aerospace plans on launching from the Cape’s LC-20. Will be built at Exploration Park near @BlueOrigin’s facility.

https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/1098968322291449857

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Firefly Aerospace CEO Tom Markusic says his company has 300+ employees. Wants to launch Alpha and Beta rockets 24 times a year. $1.3 billion in contracts for work, he says.
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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #209 on: 02/22/2019 06:17 pm »
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Firefly Aerospace Announces Mass Production Facility and Cape Canaveral Launch Site

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Firefly Aerospace, Inc.
Feb 22, 2019, 11:00 ET

CEDAR PARK, Texas and EXPLORATION PARK, Fla., Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the execution of a binding term sheet with Space Florida, under which Firefly will establish business operations at Cape Canaveral Spaceport, including launch operations at historic Space Launch Complex 20 and manufacturing facilities at Exploration Park, Florida. Firefly's announcement is concurrent with its receipt of a Statement of Capability from the 45th Space Wing.

As Florida's spaceport development authority, Space Florida will enable the company's Florida operations by matching the company's infrastructure investments up to $18.9M via the Florida Department of Transportation Spaceport Improvement Program. Firefly will invest $52 million and will bring more than 200 high paying jobs to Florida.

"Firefly Aerospace is proud to be the newest member of the Florida Space Coast family," said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. "Our mass production manufacturing facility in Exploration Park will enable Firefly to produce 24 Alpha vehicles a year, enabling a launch cadence that will support a rapidly expanding global small satellite revolution and the commercialization of cislunar space."

"Space Florida is pleased to welcome Firefly Aerospace to the Cape Canaveral Spaceport," said Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO. "Firefly's presence in the State of Florida further solidifies that Florida's Spaceport System is poised to lead the world in this next space era. We look forward to the new launch and manufacturing capabilities that Firefly brings to SLC-20 and Exploration Park, respectively."

"The 45th Space Wing welcomes new launch providers who wish to assist in furthering America's assured access to space.  The Statement of Capability represents an important first step for Firefly Aerospace to obtain certification for launch operations on the Eastern Range," according to John Way, 45th Space Wing spokesperson.

"SLC-20 will allow Firefly access to lower inclination orbital trajectories for its customers and enable access to lunar trajectories for its lander program as part of our Commercial Lunar Payload Services contract with NASA." stated Brad Obrocto, Firefly Director of Launch Operations.

"The space industry is expected to be fastest growing segment of the worldwide economy in the coming decades, with analysts predicting a global market of over a $1 trillion a year by 2040," said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. "Firefly Aerospace is uniquely positioned to be successful in this new economy.  With launch sites on both coasts and a mass production facility to support future growth, our global team of over 300 highly accomplished engineers and technicians will provide space solutions from LEO to the surface of the Moon and beyond."

ABOUT FIREFLY AEROSPACE
Firefly is developing a family of launch vehicles and in-space services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability. Firefly's launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to four metric tons of payload. Combined with Firefly's in-space services, Firefly provides the space industry with access to frequent launches at the lowest cost/kg, enabling ambitious commercial and exploration missions from LEO to the Moon. Headquartered in Cedar Park TX, Firefly has additional presence in Washington, D.C., Dnipro, Ukraine and Tokyo, Japan. Firefly is financed by Noosphere Ventures of Menlo Park, CA.

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ABOUT SPACE FLORIDA 
Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida's position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida's aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov

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Sara Shell
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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #210 on: 03/02/2019 08:16 pm »
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Firefly Aerospace CEO Tom Markusic says his company has 300+ employees. Wants to launch Alpha and Beta rockets 24 times a year. $1.3 billion in contracts for work, he says.

What is a "contract for work"? And why doesn't he name the contractors?

1,3 B$ at a launch price of 15 M$ would be ~ 85 launches.  :o

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #211 on: 03/04/2019 01:25 pm »
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D-Orbit Signs Framework Agreement with Firefly to Acquire Launch Capacity

Fino Mornasco, March 3, 2019: D-Orbit S.p.A., an Italian service provider of the New Space sector, signed a multi-year framework agreement with US-based launch operator Firefly Aerospace Inc. (Firefly) to purchase launch capacity of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle.

The agreement grants D-Orbit the status of a preferred launch aggregation partner for the European market, allowing D-Orbit to purchase, market, and resell launch vehicle capacity, and to provide logistics support and integration activities at its operational premises in Italy.

“We are proud of this partnership with Firefly, one of the most innovative small payload launch operators,” said Pietro Guerrieri, D-Orbit Chief Strategic Officer. “Capitalizing on the capabilities of ION CubeSat Carrier, our free-flying CubeSat deployer, we are expanding our launch services portfolio and taking an additional step in our roadmap to offer the New Space market an innovative launch transportation solution.”

“Firefly Alpha was specifically designed with the needs of our rideshare partners in mind,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “Alpha’s 630 kg to 500 km SSO capacity allows D-Orbit significant flexibility in manifesting missions. Our agreement with D-Orbit for up to fifteen launches over 5 years will allow their customers frequent, reliable access to space, on the schedule of their choosing and to the orbit that best matches their business needs.

Alpha is the first of a series of launchers being developed by Firefly for the needs of the small satellite market. The first Alpha launch is scheduled for the end of 2019, with frequent launches in 2020 and beyond. Firefly will have launch sites at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, enabling missions to polar, SSO and lower inclination orbits. 

ABOUT D-ORBIT

www.deorbitaldevices.com

D-Orbit is a service provider for the traditional and new space sectors, with capabilities in satellite manufacturing, launch, deployment, satellite operations, end-of-life strategies and solutions, space propulsion and related critical software. Its products and services cover the entire lifecycle of a space mission, including mission analysis and design, engineering, manufacturing, integration, testing, launch, and end-of-life decommissioning.

Founded in 2011, the Company is based in Como, Italy, in Washington DC, United States, and Lisbon, Portugal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with:

Elena Sanfilippo Ceraso – Media Manager
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https://fireflyspace.com/%EF%BB%BFd-orbit-signs-framework-agreement-with-firefly-to-acquire-launch-capacity/
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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #212 on: 03/06/2019 11:23 am »
https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1103022380614443008

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As the Alpha upper stage continues Qualification testing on the vertical stage test stand (TS-2), Firefly’s horizontal test stand (TS-1) has been retrofitted with the first stage thrust structure to begin Reaver single and multi-engine testing. #Reavers! #MakingSpaceForEveryone

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #213 on: 03/07/2019 02:04 pm »
https://twitter.com/Firefly_Space/status/1103667960294662144

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The Firefly test team recently executed a 180 second test of our integrated Lightning engine. The extreme heat generated some “Popcrete” near the end of the test…and melted another camera. #MakingSpaceForEveryone
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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #214 on: 03/10/2019 11:14 am »
Interview with Max Polyakov about Firefly (in Russian, so Google translate is your friend). Not that interesting, but this bit of info is new (?):
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- In December, will you send your own satellites to orbit on the first rocket?
- Airbus vehicles will fly on it (by the way, it booked seats on 16 of our rockets). The weight of each of these satellites is 210 kilograms. For potential customers, it is important that our rocket will be able to deliver their spacecraft to precisely the orbit that suits them the most.

We are building three of our own satellites now, sending them into space early next year on our rocket. How they will be called, have not yet decided.

Airbus satellites = OneWeb, as I understand.

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« Reply #215 on: 03/10/2019 11:49 am »
Airbus satellites = OneWeb, as I understand.

Oneweb satellites are in the 150 kilograms class, not 210.

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #216 on: 03/10/2019 11:58 am »
Interview with Max Polyakov about Firefly (in Russian, so Google translate is your friend). Not that interesting, but this bit of info is new (?):
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- In December, will you send your own satellites to orbit on the first rocket?
- Airbus vehicles will fly on it (by the way, it booked seats on 16 of our rockets). The weight of each of these satellites is 210 kilograms. For potential customers, it is important that our rocket will be able to deliver their spacecraft to precisely the orbit that suits them the most.

We are building three of our own satellites now, sending them into space early next year on our rocket. How they will be called, have not yet decided.

Airbus satellites = OneWeb, as I understand.

Likely some SSTL satellites (SSTL is now a subsidiary of Airbus). Carbonite-4 is likely the first of those.

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Re: Firefly Aerospace
« Reply #218 on: 03/21/2019 02:03 pm »
So what did Firefly announce so far?

- Jun 2018: A "Launch Services Agreement" with SSTL, including a contract to launch one tech demonstration microsat.
- Nov 2018: NASA bought an option for eventually launching moon payloads on the Beta.
- Dec 2018: A Launch Brokerage Agreement with Spaceflight; no launches contracted so far.
- Feb 2019: "$1.3 billion in contracts for work", whatever that means. Potential launch contracts?
- Mar 2019: A "framwork agreement" with the startup D-Orbit; no launches contracted so far.
- Mar 2019: A marketing cooperation with Airbus Defence and Space.

(I may have missed some more cooperations and framework agreements.)

To sum up: They want to launch Alphas in 2020 with total ~5 t of SSO payload capacity, they have several capable integration and marketing partners, but so far sold only one rideshare for a microsat that probably will launch at a discount, if not for free.

Compare that to Virgin, Orbex and even Vector, who sold launches already in early stages of development. Looks like potential customers don't believe Firefly's promises.

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« Reply #219 on: 03/21/2019 05:41 pm »
So what did Firefly announce so far?

- Jun 2018: A "Launch Services Agreement" with SSTL, including a contract to launch one tech demonstration microsat.
- Nov 2018: NASA bought an option for eventually launching moon payloads on the Beta.
- Dec 2018: A Launch Brokerage Agreement with Spaceflight; no launches contracted so far.
- Feb 2019: "$1.3 billion in contracts for work", whatever that means. Potential launch contracts?
- Mar 2019: A "framwork agreement" with the startup D-Orbit; no launches contracted so far.
- Mar 2019: A marketing cooperation with Airbus Defence and Space.

(I may have missed some more cooperations and framework agreements.)

To sum up: They want to launch Alphas in 2020 with total ~5 t of SSO payload capacity, they have several capable integration and marketing partners, but so far sold only one rideshare for a microsat that probably will launch at a discount, if not for free.

Compare that to Virgin, Orbex and even Vector, who sold launches already in early stages of development. Looks like potential customers don't believe Firefly's promises.
Where did you get 5t from.
Alpha is 1000t LEO, 600kg SSO.
3 core Beta is 4t LEO and will fly a year or two after Alpha.

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