Meeting the Needs of the New Space Economy

Firefly Aerospace Inc. (“Firefly”), is an American aerospace company headquartered in Austin, TX. We are committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture and operation of reliable launch and spacecraft vehicles.

The Firefly team addresses the market’s need for flexible access to space with a “simplest/soonest” approach to technology selection. Firefly launch and spacecraft vehicles embody the insights of a diverse design team and leverage commercial off–the–shelf (COTS) components, manufactured by suppliers across the United States, to reduce risk, maximize reliability and minimize development time.

Led by CEO Tom Markusic and a team of space industry veterans, Firefly is on track to deliver a US solution for the 1,000 to 10,000 kg payload class to LEO by mid-2022 for a starting price of $15M. Firefly is committed to doing its part to restore U.S. leadership in the small to medium launch market and is establishing international offices and strategic partnerships to effectively serve the global market.

Board of Directors

Thomas E. Markusic

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Prior to co–founding Firefly, Tom served in a variety of technical and leadership roles in New Space companies: Vice President of Propulsion at Virgin Galactic, Senior Systems Engineer at Blue Origin, Director of the Texas Test Site and Principal Propulsion Engineer at SpaceX. Prior to his New Space work, Tom was a civil servant at NASA and the USAF, where he worked as research scientist and propulsion engineer.

Jed McCaleb

FOUNDER, ASTERA INSTITUTE

An early pioneer in decentralized systems and blockchain technology, Mr. McCaleb created eDonkey2000, which became one of the largest file-sharing networks in its time. He is also the founder of Ripple and the co-founder of the Stellar Development Foundation. Jed established the Astera Institute to improve the process of science. It is dedicated to researching and fostering high leverage technology that can improve the wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life for all people.

Pam Braden

OPERATING PARTNER

Ms. Braden is an Operating Partner at AE Industrial, bringing over 35 years of experience in the defense, technology and government services industries. Ms. Braden currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial’s portfolio companies: Belcan, BigBear.ai and Pangiam. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2022, Ms. Braden was the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Gryphon Technologies, a former AE Industrial portfolio company, which was sold to ManTech International Corporation in 2021. Under Ms. Braden’s leadership, Gryphon transitioned from a privately owned small business into a 1,500+ employee and $300 million annual revenue leader that provides digital engineering, cyber, cloud migration, and predictive analytics solutions to national security organizations. Prior to Gryphon, Ms. Braden served as an executive at various government sector startups that ultimately grew into large businesses. She holds a BS from the University of Akron.

Kirk Konert

PARTNER

Mr. Konert is a Partner at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on originating, executing and monitoring AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Mr. Konert currently sits on the boards of AE Industrial’s portfolio companies: AMPAC, Applied Composites, Atlas, Belcan, BigBear.ai, CDI, Columbia, Gryphon, Pangiam, Redwire and UAV Factory. He has also been involved in AE Industrial’s investments in Global Jet Capital and Kellstrom. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2014, Mr. Konert was a Senior Associate at Sun Capital Partners where he focused on sourcing, screening and executing middle market buyout transactions across several industries, as well as handling portfolio company responsibilities. Prior to Sun Capital, Mr. Konert was a member of Wells Fargo Securities’ Industrials Group, where he focused on M&A and corporate finance transactions. Mr. Konert received a BA in Economics from Davidson College.

Peter Schumacher

PARTNER

Mr. Schumacher is a Partner at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on investment strategy, deal origination, due-diligence management, and the monitoring and growth of AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Mr. Schumacher currently sits on the boards of AE Industrial’s portfolio companies: AIM, AMPAC, Applied Composites, Atlas, Cross Fire, Moeller and UAV Factory. Mr. Schumacher brings over 14 years of aerospace industry M&A, business development, and engineering experience to AE Industrial. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2015, Mr. Schumacher was the Director of Business Development for GE Aviation’s Engine Services business, where he was responsible for leading all M&A activity within this organization, including joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals, and related business initiatives. During his ten year career at GE Aviation, Mr. Schumacher also held commercial roles within the Sales, International Programs and Customer Support organizations, as well as engineering roles within the Services and Design organizations. Prior to GE Aviation, Mr. Schumacher was a mechanical engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he was responsible for design, assembly and test of the Navy’s GQM-163A ducted rocket. Mr. Schumacher holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University.

Advisory Board

James Cartwright

General James Cartwright retired from active duty on September 1, 2011, after 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. General Cartwright served as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, before being nominated and appointed as the 8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's second highest military officer. He is widely recognized for his technical acumen, vision of future national security concepts, and keen ability to integrate systems, organizations and people.

Jeff Bingham

Jeff brings nearly 40 years of governmental experience to Firefly. Instrumental in shaping space station policy, he served most recently as the senior advisor on space for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He was previously the associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Jeff played a key role in ensuring continued congressional support for the ISS as the legislative coordinator for the International Space Station program.

Robert Cardillo

Delivers strategic and operational expertise to create an enhanced awareness of planet Earth to enable improved decision-making. Before forming TCG in May 2019, Mr. Cardillo was the sixth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from 2014 until 2019. He led transformation of the Agency’s future value proposition through innovative partnerships with the growing commercial geospatial marketplace. During his 35+ years of public service, Robert served in leadership positions within the organization of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Deborah Lee James

Has a three-decade track record in national security, including 20 years of U.S. government service, with time on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and two tours in the Pentagon, first as an Assistant Secretary of Defense and later as the Secretary of the Air Force. As Secretary, Ms. James also was the Principal Defense Space Advisor. She has led large industry teams in support of the military, most notably as President of the Technical and Engineering Sector of SAIC, responsible for $2 billion in Defense contract revenue and 8,700 employees. Ms. James is the author of the leadership book “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success”; and serves on the boards of various organizations including Textron, Unisys, Noblis, the Penfed Foundation and LeanIn.Org.

Senior Leadership

Thomas E. Markusic

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jason B. Mello

PRESIDENT, FIREFLY SPACE TRANSPORT SERVICES (STS)

Darren Ma

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Shea Ferring

Sr. Vice President, Spacecraft

Pete Starnes

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Adam Oakes

VICE PRESIDENT OF LAUNCH

Anne Chinnery

VICE PRESIDENT, LAUNCH OPERATIONS

Ray Allensworth

Ray Allensworth

Blue Ghost Program Manager

Keith Becker

DIRECTOR OF AVIONICS

Will Coogan

Blue Ghost Chief Engineer

John Courter

DIRECTOR OF STRUCTURES

Kim Jennett

DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Jordi Paredes Garcia

Alpha Chief Engineer

Kevin K. Gordon

Director, Aerospace Software Engineering Group

Carter Linville

Director of GSE

Kyle MacCoy

DIRECTOR of QUALITY

Brigette Oakes

DIRECTOR OF PROPULSION

Brad Obrocto

DIRECTOR OF LAUNCH OPERATIONS

Craig Peterson

Director of Mission Management

Jacob Rendon

DIRECTOR OF FLUID SYSTEMS

Eric Salwan

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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Our Locations

Headquarters

1320 Arrow Point Dr #109,
Cedar Park, TX 78613

512-277-6959

Test Facility

Bertram, TX 78605

512-277-6959

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