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Firefly Aerospace Partners Lockheed Martin for Launch Services

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Firefly Alpha FLTA002 Launch on October 1, 2022; Photo credit: Michael Baylor

Ibadan, 3 July 2023. – Firefly Aerospace, Inc. has announced it signed a launch agreement with Lockheed Martin to support a technology demonstration mission that will launch aboard Firefly’s Alpha vehicle.

This is as Firefly’s Alpha rocket provides launch services with the capability to lift more than 1,000 kg to low Earth orbit. The vehicle utilizes Firefly’s patented tap-off cycle propulsion technology and carbon composite sandwich structures to reduce mass and costs and improve strength and reliability. As a launch provider, Firefly provides an important capability to Lockheed Martin in supporting access to space for its key spacecraft technologies.

“Firefly’s flight-proven hardware and rapid launch capabilities align well with Lockheed Martin’s mission needs, and we’re proud to serve as one of their launch providers,” said Bill Weber, CEO of Firefly Aerospace. “We have the infrastructure, technologies, systems, and a dedicated team in place to provide on-demand launch services for both Government and commercial customers.”

Likewise, Dan Tenney, vice president, strategy and business development, Lockheed Martin Space, added, “We are working with Firefly because of their innovative performance in offering access to space for small payloads on Firefly Alpha.” The CEO also added, “We look forward to collaborating with them as we focus on creating a resilient launch environment for our upcoming technology demonstration.”

Firefly focuses on delivering responsive, reliable, and affordable space access for Government and commercial customers. Furthermore, its small- to medium-lift launch vehicles, Space Utility Vehicles, and Blue Ghost lunar landers provide the space industry with a source for missions from LEO to the surface of the Moon and beyond.

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