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FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Aerospace

Launch Status
Failure

Weather Forecast During Launch


According to weather officials, there’s a 100% chance of favorable weather conditions at the time of the launch.

Mission


FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • 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.

FLTA001 (Maiden Flight)

Location


Space Launch Complex 2W

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 2W has witnessed the launch of 96 rockets, including 96 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 750 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 2W

Rocket


Firefly Aerospace Firefly Alpha

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.

Firefly Alpha

Agency


Firefly Aerospace

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.

Firefly Aerospace
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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
3 years ago

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

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
3 years 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
2 years ago

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

Jose Garcia
Jose Garcia
Reply to  Larry A Castillo
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Cheri Velazquez
Cheri Velazquez
2 years ago

Will the vehicle be visible from areas of So Cal ?

stun
stun
Reply to  Cheri Velazquez
2 years ago

Should be visible from all california.

DBonney
DBonney
2 years ago

Congrats on the First attempt, very impressive !!

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
2 years 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 .