Today, Firefly Aerospace, Inc., an Austin, Texas based space launch provider that develops small and medium-sized launch vehicles for commercial launches to orbit, and RUAG Space, a leading independent product supplier for spacecraft, electronics and launchers, have signed a Long-term Purchase Agreement for Separation Systems.

This new contract creates a supplier agreement for Firefly launch vehicles. This long-term contract is for multiple launches using a RUAG Space separation system (payload adapter) from RUAG Space in Linköping, Sweden. In addition, both parties recognize future business prospects based on Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle.

“RUAG is the acknowledged leader in flight heritage separation system,” said Dr. Tom Markusic, CEO of Firefly Aerospace. “Our agreement with RUAG provides our customers the highest level of assurance that their spacecraft missions will be successful.”    

“RUAG Space has been expanding its business in the small launcher market in recent years and this new partnership with Firefly seeks to extend that impact in this market,” said Peter Guggenbach, CEO of RUAG Space. “This market segment is on the rise, and with our proven payload adapter systems and flexible product range, we have a lot to offer our customers.”

RUAG Space is the world leader for payload adapters and separation systems used on commercial launch vehicles. RUAG separation systems ensure that the satellite and rocket remain securely attached to one another during the tough journey into space, and then deliver the valuable payloads into orbit with precision. Over 600 separations have been carried out in orbit using RUAG systems, with a 100 percent success rate.


RUAG Space is the leading supplier to the space industry in Europe, with a growing presence in the United States. With more than 1,300 staff across six countries, it develops and manufactures products for satellites and launch vehicles – playing a key role both in the institutional and commercial space market. RUAG Space is a division of the international technology Group RUAG. RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defense for use on land, in the air and in space. RUAG generates sales of approximately CHF 1.96 billion and has over 9,200 employees – 400 of whom are trainees. Visit


Firefly is developing a family of launch vehicles and in-space services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability. Firefly's launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to four metric tons of payload. Combined with Firefly's in-space services, Firefly provides the space industry with access to frequent launches at the lowest cost/kg, enabling ambitious commercial and exploration missions from LEO to the Moon. Headquartered in Cedar Park TX, Firefly has additional presence in Washington, D.C., Dnipro, Ukraine and Tokyo, Japan. Firefly is financed by Noosphere Ventures of Menlo Park, CA.

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