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    Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket

    "Rocket builder Firefly Aerospace aims for first launch from California in late December, CEO says"

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/21/fire...-december.html

    Firefly Aerospace currently plans for its maiden Alpha rocket launch to happen as early as Dec. 22, co-founder and CEO Tom Markusic told CNBC, as his company prepares for the next major milestone in its plan to offer a variety of space transportation services.

    Markusic is confident in the launch date because of the “rigid” requirements of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where Firefly is finishing up work to prepare the launchpad at SLC-2. While “everything is susceptible to surprises,” with room in the schedule to launch as late as Jan. 31, Markusic said the “full gamut of rules” at Vandenberg means the company has put extra work into certification for Alpha’s first launch.

    “We took the hard route to flight, and that was by going to a launch range that has very strict requirements,” Markusic said. “So our design has been highly vetted, as we have a lot of requirements that are put on us by the range and that makes the rocket ultimately more reliable.
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    "New rocket, Firefly's Alpha, may be ready to launch by April"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/N...April_999.html

    Texas-based Firefly Aerospace plans to launch its new Alpha rocket from California in April and send a lunar lander to the moon by 2023.

    The 95-foot-high launch vehicle is designed to lift satellite payloads that weigh just over a ton into low-Earth orbit, or slightly lighter loads to a higher orbit.
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    I assume they are marketing it as the best rocket in the 'Verse.
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    Firefly Aerospace is scheduled to launch a Firefly Alpha rocket as part of the Maiden Flight mission.
    https://www.rocketlaunchschedule.com...maiden-flight/

    Sea Launch was tipped to be one of the stars of the private sector, it used used a launcher on a purpose-built ship Sea Launch Commander on the US West Coast, Sea Launch has finished as a company and put operations on long-term hiatus in 2014, "Sea Launch "frozen" after ships moved to Russia". https://spacenews.com/sea-launch-fro...ved-to-russia/ Richard Branson, owner of Virgin and Burt Rutan, SpaceShipOne's designer, announced that Virgin Galactic were going to offer space tourism flights. Genesis was another private sector project, an experimental space habitat designed and built by the private American firm Bigelow Aerospace launched back in 2006. Zero 2 Infinity is another private company developing high-altitude balloons and says it will offer a balloon-borne launcher. The Planetary Society had a mission called LightSail 2 launched on June 25, 2019 and successfully used sunlight to change its orbit, LightSail 2 was expected to remain in orbit until the second half of 2021
    Another company has been making headlines in the Private sector called Exo-Launch but I do not believe they have their own rocket? Instead they will offer payloads on Soyuz and Electron rockets and has announced agreements with SpaceX and New Space India Limited. The news from S.Korea says it will spend $550 million on space https://spacenews.com/south-korea-to...jects-in-2021/
    Last edited by Launch window; 2021-May-02 at 03:31 PM.

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