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FLTA004 Fly the Lightning

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Aerospace

Launch Status
Partial Failure

Weather Forecast During Launch


According to weather officials, there’s a 60% chance of favorable weather conditions at the time of the launch.

Mission


FLTA004 Fly the Lightning

  • Type: Technology
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $15,000,000

Firefly’s Alpha rocket will launch Lockheed Martin’s new wideband Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) technology integrated on a Terran Orbital Nebula satellite bus. Developed within Lockheed Martin Space’s Ignite organization using a proprietary design, the ESA payload will demonstrate faster on-orbit sensor calibration to deliver rapid capabilities to U.S. warfighters.

FLTA004 Fly the Lightning

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 742 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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Robin Irvine
Robin Irvine
2 months ago

Will we be able to see the launch being it’s in the morning and not at night?

Robin Irvine
Robin Irvine
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
2 months ago

We’re in Hesperia and believe it or not, we can see the night time launches great. Just wasn’t sure about the daytime ones. Thank you. Go for launch🤞

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
2 months ago

Go you little Fire Fly………..

Tory
Tory
2 months ago

It’s our first launch do we just drive and show up or do we get tickets somewhere? Thank you!

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
2 months ago

Let’s light this candle,To quote Alan Shepard

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
2 months ago

MERRY CHRISTMAS AARON FROM THE FOLKS ( DOWN UNDER).

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
2 months ago

Great launch folks.