Author Topic: Firefly Alpha FLTA005 : ELaNa 43 : VSFB SLC-2W : 04 July 2024 (04:03 UTC)  (Read 35894 times)

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Discussion thread for Firefly Aerospace's fifth fourth mission with its Alpha rocket "FLTA005" "FLTA004".

Mission: VCLS Demo-2FB (ELaNa 43)

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Any new news?
Last I heard, the launch is scheduled for April, still awaiting completion of acceptance testing to send the vehicle to Vandenberg.
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Livestream for Alpha first stage static fire test
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https://twitter.com/adamcuker/status/1629677820782731269

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FireFly performed a static test fire of their Alpha booster this afternoon.

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https://twitter.com/thefavoritist/status/1630221466297053186

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Firefly tested its Alpha first stage booster for their upcoming FLTA003 mission. The burn lasted 42 seconds and was successful.

Video from Adam Cuker (@AdamCuker).

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https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1630278166865387522

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Our team completed engine and stage testing on another Alpha rocket, and we are GO for launch integration. Firefly’s in-house, “test what we fly” approach further ensures mission success.
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Flight 4 and 3 swapped; announced March 20.
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Per https://www.cnbc.com/2023/05/06/firefly-launching-space-force-high-speed-victus-nox-mission.html this launch is scheduled 2 months after the VICTUS NOX launch, i.e. NET July 2023.
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Given:
Per https://www.cnbc.com/2023/05/06/firefly-launching-space-force-high-speed-victus-nox-mission.html this launch is scheduled 2 months after the VICTUS NOX launch, i.e. NET July 2023.

And now:
NextSpaceflight, updated May 24:
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VICTUS NOX (TacRS-3)
Launch Time
NET June 2023

Therefore, launch is now NET August.
NextSpaceflight, updated May 24:
VCLS Demo-2FB (ELaNa 43) launch NET August 2023
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1109-EX-ST-2023
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This STA is necessary to authorize launch vehicle communications for Firefly’s VCLS-2 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base SLC-2. This includes a suborbital first stage and an orbital second stage. All downrange Earth stations are receive-only. This STA replaces 1914-EX-ST-2022, an extension of 0906-EX-ST-2022, which covers operations through 01JUL2023. This new STA accounts for delays in planned launch which was intended to occur prior to July 2023, which now is planned for August 2023.

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https://twitter.com/firefly_space/status/1669004868336467969

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Plug in your headphones because all four of our Reaver engines have been acceptance tested for Alpha FLTA004 with @NASA Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to launch. https://fireflyspace.com/missions/nasa-elana-43/

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Given:
Per https://www.cnbc.com/2023/05/06/firefly-launching-space-force-high-speed-victus-nox-mission.html this launch is scheduled 2 months after the VICTUS NOX launch [May 2023], i.e. NET July 2023.

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The company is under contract to launch a Space Force mission called “Victus Nox” sometime this summer . . .
https://spacenews.com/firefly-to-launch-lockheed-martin-small-satellite-experiment/ [Jun 29]
= NET July

Therefore, launch is NET September.
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VICTUS NOX (flight 3) launched September 15 UTC; this is the next scheduled launch.
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This STA is necessary to authorize launch vehicle communications for Firefly’s VCLS-2 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base SLC-2. This includes a suborbital first stage and an orbital second stage. All downrange Earth stations are receive-only. This STA replaces 1109-EX-ST-2023 which covers operations through 01JAN2024. This new STA accounts for delays in planned launch which was intended to occur prior to July 2023, which now is planned for March 2024.

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So, they've already finished orbital launches this year?

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Scheduled:
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

2024
NET November 2023  March - VCLS (VADR) Demo-2FB/ELaNa 43: CatSat, KUbe-Sat-1, MESAT1, R5-S4, R5-S2-2.0, REAL, Serenity (3), SOC-i, TechEdSat-11 (TES-11) - Firefly Alpha (FLTA004) - Vandenberg SLC-2W (or NLT July)

NET March - OTB 2 (Orbital Test Bed-2) - Firefly Alpha - Vandenberg SLC-2W

NET March - EOS SAR 1 - Firefly Alpha - Vandenberg SLC-2W

NET October 2023  Q1 - Tantrum - Firefly Alpha - Vandenberg SLC-2W

Q1 - iSIM-SAT - Firefly Alpha - Vandenberg SLC-2W / Canaveral SLC-20

Q2 - TBD - Firefly Beta - Canaveral SLC-20

NET    January   Q2 - SUV demo mission, FANTM Ride - Firefly Alpha (FLTA005?) - Vandenberg SLC-2W

NET  December 2023  Q2 - Spaceflight Inc. multi satellite launch - Firefly Alpha - Vandenberg SLC-2W

Q4 - TBD - Firefly Beta - Vandenberg SLC-2E

TBD - Firefly Alpha - Lockheed Martin mission - Firefly Alpha - TBD
TBD - TBD - Firefly Alpha - Canaveral SLC-20
TBD - TBD - Firefly Alpha - Canaveral SLC-20

Changes on October 13th

Edit: (Probably) not.  See new thread: Firefly Alpha : Flight 4 : Tantrum, et al : VSFB SLC-2W : NET Q4 2023
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Bump/any new news?
I performed a brief internet search and found nothing new.
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