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Maiden Flight

Firefly Alpha

Firefly Aerospace

Launch Status
Failure

Mission

Maiden Flight

Type: Test Flight

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.

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Location

Space Launch Complex 2W

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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

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

Rocket

Firefly Alpha

Length: 29 meters
Diameter: 1.82 meters
First Launch: September 3, 2021

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.

The Firefly Alpha rocket has been launched a total of 1 times with 0 successful and 1 failed launches.

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'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
2 months ago

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

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

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

Rocket Monkey
Reply to  Larry A Castillo
1 month 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
27 days 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
24 days ago

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

Cheri Velazquez
Cheri Velazquez
19 days ago

Will the vehicle be visible from areas of So Cal ?

stun
stun
Reply to  Cheri Velazquez
19 days ago

Should be visible from all california.

DBonney
DBonney
19 days ago

Congrats on the First attempt, very impressive !!

Ken & Judy O' Neill
Ken & Judy O' Neill
19 days 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 .