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FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Aerospace

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

Type: Test Flight
Launch Cost: $15,000,000

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.

Mission patch for FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

Location

Space Launch Complex 2W

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

707 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 2W, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Firefly Alpha – Firefly Aerospace

Family: Firefly Alpha
Length: 29 m
Diameter: 1.82 m
Launch Mass: 54 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 1000 kg

The Firefly Alpha was manufactured by Firefly Aerospace with the first launch on 2021-09-03. Firefly Alpha has 1 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 2 launches. 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.

Agency

Firefly Aerospace

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: FA
Administration: Tom Markusic
Founded: 2014

Country: USA

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.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

All the best to FA being your maiden flight. Make it count for the future .

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

This is the start of something big .Small sat launchers have a place in the space vehicle food chain . Success is pending Firefly A.

Larry A Castillo
Larry A Castillo
1 year ago

I need a tentative date for launch so I can change my hotel reservations. Can anybody help me.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Larry A Castillo
1 year ago

This launch doesn’t have a date yet and has been delayed several times. Keep checking back for updates.

Jose Garcia
Jose Garcia
Reply to  Larry A Castillo
1 year ago

Latest date, put out by the company is Sep 2. “Firefly announced Aug. 19 that it had set a Sept. 2 date for the first launch of its Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California”.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

I hope all the best for a successful launch.Finally ,They may be getting off the ground soon.

Cheri Velazquez
Cheri Velazquez
1 year ago

Will the vehicle be visible from areas of So Cal ?

stun
stun
Reply to  Cheri Velazquez
1 year ago

Should be visible from all california.

DBonney
DBonney
1 year ago

Congrats on the First attempt, very impressive !!

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

So close yet so far FA.
Remember these famous words “Failure is not an option”.
The future is waiting for small sat launchers.
The DREAM and STEM will wait for your next launch .