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Firefly Aerospace Successfully Reaches Orbit and Deploys Customer Payloads with its Alpha Rocket

Alpha becomes the first and only orbit-ready US rocket in the 1300kg payload vehicle class CEDAR PARK, Texas – October 3, 2022 – Firefly Aerospace, a new space leader in launch, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced that its Alpha FLTA002 mission successfully reached orbit and deployed customer payloads, lifting off on October 1 at 12:01am PST

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Firefly Aerospace Names Former GE Senior Executive Dan Fermon as Chief Operating Officer

Appointment positions Firefly for continued rapid expansion and growth CEDAR PARK, Texas – November 2, 2022 –Firefly Aerospace (“Firefly” or “the Company”), a new space leader in launch, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced that it has appointed Dan Fermon, a veteran operating leader with decades of experience leading teams in highly technical industries and primarily

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Firefly Aerospace Adds Former NASA Administrator James Bridenstine to its Advisory Board

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Oct. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace (“Firefly” or “the Company”), a new space leader in launch, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced today that former NASA Administrator James Bridenstine, who led the space agency in advancing its aeronautics, science and space exploration objectives, will be joining the Company’s Advisory Board, effective immediately.  “We’re honored to welcome Jim,

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Firefly Aerospace Adds Chris Emerson, Longtime Aerospace Industry Leader and Former Airbus Executive, to its Board of Directors

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Oct. 20, 2022  /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace (“Firefly” or “the Company”), a new space leader in launch, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced today that Chris Emerson, a seasoned industry leader with decades of aerospace expertise, has joined the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. “Chris is a respected leader with an extensive background in aerospace and defense,

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U.S. Space Force Selects Firefly Aerospace for ‘Rapid Space’ VICTUS NOX Mission

Contract worth $17.6M is part of The U.S. Space Force’s mission to demonstrate end-to-end tactical responsive space capabilities CEDAR PARK, Texas – October 3, 2022 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc, announced today that the company has been selected by The U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC) to provide launch services for SSC’s VICTUS NOX

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NASA Selects Firefly Space Transport Services (STS) as a Launch Provider for Venture Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) Missions

Contract awarded based on sole source request from NASA to satisfy the need for multiple spacecraft providers in the 500–1000 kg range CEDAR PARK, TX, September 14th, 2022 – Firefly Space Transport Services (STS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Firefly Aerospace, Inc, announced today that the company has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space

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Firefly Aerospace Names Bill Weber as CEO

Experienced A&D Executive to Lead Firefly’s Next Phase of Expansive Growth Cedar Park, TX, September 1, 2022 – Firefly Aerospace (“Firefly” or “Company”), an emerging leader in economical launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced today that long-time aerospace and defense executive, Bill Weber, has been named the Company’s CEO, effective immediately. Firefly is a

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Northrop Grumman Teams with Firefly Aerospace to Develop Antares Rocket Upgrade and New Medium Launch Vehicle

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Aug. 8, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Firefly Aerospace have joined forces to provide an American-built first-stage upgrade for the Antares rocket and a new medium launch vehicle to serve commercial, civil and national security space launch markets.  “Through our collaboration, we will first develop a fully domestic version

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AE Industrial Partners Leads $75 Million Series B Growth Equity Investment in Firefly Aerospace, a Leading Provider of Launch and In-Space Vehicles

AEI Concurrently Closes its Previously Announced Strategic Investment in Firefly Aerospace BOCA RATON, FL, March 22, 2022 – AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a U.S-based private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense and government services, space, power and utility services, and specialty industrial markets, announced today that it led a $75 million Series B financing

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Firefly Names Former Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Air Force Colonel to Lead Firefly Space Transport Services

Jason B. Mello tapped to lead efforts in spaceflight customer acquisition as Firefly continues its momentum into large-scale production CEDAR PARK, Texas – November 3, 2021 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., an emerging leader in economical launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced that Jason B. Mello will join the team as President of Firefly Space Transport

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Firefly Aerospace is One Step Closer to Landing on the Moon

Announces it has successfully completed NASA’s Critical Design Review of its Blue Ghost lunar lander and is on schedule for September 2023 lunar mission Cedar Park, Texas, October 25, 2021 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leader in economical launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced it reached a major milestone with the successful completion of

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Firefly Aerospace Conducts First Test Launch of Alpha Launch Vehicle

CEDAR PARK, Texas, September 10, 2021 – On September 2nd, Firefly Aerospace Inc., an emerging provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space service conducted the maiden flight of its Alpha launch vehicle from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. “Firefly has conducted the first test flight of our Alpha vehicle. The day marked

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Firefly to Become the Premier Supplier of Rocket Engines and Spaceflight Components for the Emerging New Space Industry

CEDAR PARK, Texas – August 6, 2021 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced the launch of a new line of business dedicated to supplying rocket engines and other spaceflight components to the emerging New Space industry.  “Our goal with this line of business is

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Firefly Aerospace Awards Contract to SpaceX to Launch Blue Ghost Mission to Moon in 2023

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – May 20, 2021 – Firefly Aerospace Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced today that it has awarded a contract to SpaceX to launch its Blue Ghost lunar lander in 2023. Blue Ghost will be carrying 10 payloads for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload

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Firefly Completes Oversubscribed $75M Series A and $100M Secondary Transaction

CEDAR PARK, Texas-Firefly Aerospace Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced the successful completion of its Series A financing. The $75 million Series A, which valued the company at greater than $1 billion, was led by DADA Holdings, with participation by Astera Institute, Canon Ball LLC,

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Firefly Aerospace and Exolaunch Announce Launch Services Agreement

CEDAR PARK, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced a Launch Services Agreement with Exolaunch GmbH, a leading provider of launch services, mission management and separation systems, to integrate and launch multi-satellite clusters aboard Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle beginning in 2022. Just weeks

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Firefly Aerospace Announces New Board of Directors and Corporate Expansion Plans

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – February 3, 2021 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced the appointment of Deborah Lee James and Robert Cardillo to its Board of Directors.  Firefly’s new three-person board, including Firefly CEO, Dr. Tom Markusic, will be led by Ms. James, serving

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NASA Awards Firefly Aerospace $93.3M to Deliver Suite of Payloads to the Moon in 2023

CEDAR PARK, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced that NASA has awarded Firefly $93.3 million to deliver a suite of ten NASA-sponsored science and technology demonstration payloads to Mare Crisium in the Moon’s Crisium basin. Firefly’s ‘Blue Ghost’ lunar lander will deliver the

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Firefly Awarded NASA Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 Contract

WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2020 Firefly Aerospace, Inc., is pleased to announce its selection by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the launch of Mission Two of the Venture Class Launch Service Demonstration 2 (VCLS Demo 2) contract. Mission Two involves launch of two CubeSat constellations to a 550 km Sun-Synchronous Orbit, separated

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Firefly Aerospace to Automate Composite Rocket Production with Ingersoll Machine Tools

CEDAR PARK, TX – October 29, 2020 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced a substantial commitment to increase its manufacturing capacity by transitioning large parts manufacturing to Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) Mongoose Hybrid systems from Ingersoll Machine Tools beginning next year. Once fully

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Firefly Aerospace Announces New Customer Agreements, Completes Stage 1 Acceptance Testing Ahead of First Alpha Launch

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – October 20, 2020 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced the successful acceptance test of the first stage of its Alpha launch vehicle for its inaugural flight later this year, and the execution of new customer agreements. Firefly has signed

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Firefly Aerospace Achieves AS9100 Quality Certification

Important quality milestone reached as Firefly transitions from developmental phase to first launch of the Firefly Alpha rocket CEDAR PARK, TX – May 6, 2020 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced it has secured AS9100 quality certification as it advances from developmental to

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Firefly Aerospace and Spaceflight Inc. sign Launch Services Agreement

Part of a long-term strategic collaboration to meet growing demand for reliable space access, the agreement establishes Spaceflight as the lead customer aboard upcoming Firefly Alpha launch CEDAR PARK, Texas/SEATTLE– April 22, 2020 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, and Spaceflight Inc., the leading

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SATLANTIS enters into Launch Services Agreement with Firefly Aerospace

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc.(Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the execution of a Launch Services Agreement with SATLANTIS, a provider of high-performance payload technologies for Earth observation and remote sensing. Beginning in 2022, SATLANTIS will utilize the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle to

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ISILAUNCH enters into Launch Services Agreement with Firefly Aerospace

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc.(Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the execution of a Launch Services Agreement with Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILAUNCH), a launch services subsidiary of Netherlands based ISIS – Innovative Solutions in Space B.V. (ISISPACE). Under the agreement, ISILAUNCH will offer to

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Firefly Aerospace Announces DREAM Payload Participants

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace (Firefly) announced this past summer the Dedicated Research and Education Accelerator Mission (DREAM), a global competition to host academic and educational payloads as rideshare participants on the inaugural flight of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle. Today we are happy to announce the payloads selected to fly on

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Aerojet Rocketdyne and Firefly Aerospace to Provide Flexible Access to Space

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aerojet Rocketdyne and Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly) are pleased to announce a cooperative agreement that combines the capabilities of both companies to provide flexible, sustainable and highly competitive space access solutions. Aerojet Rocketdyne and Firefly will serve the growing government and commercial market by providing dedicated small

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Firefly Aerospace Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

CEDAR PARK, Texas, September 12, 2019 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the addition of two members to their Advisory Board. Members of the board act as ambassadors and advocates of Firefly and support the executive and management teams through consultation and strategic

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Firefly Aerospace Welcomes Brad Schneider as Chief Revenue Officer

CEDAR PARK, Texas, July 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly) , a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today that it has hired Brad Schneider as the Chief Revenue Officer. Schneider has more than 35 years of experience in corporate operations, business, and strategic marketing within the aerospace and defense industry, focusing the

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Firefly Chooses RUAG Space as Preferred Supplier for Payload Adapter Systems

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

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Firefly Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries Enter Exclusive Agreement for U.S. Commercialization of Lunar Lander Technology

CEDAR PARK, Texas, July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today that it has signed an Intellectual Property and Engineering Support Agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for technology based on its Beresheet Lunar Lander. Firefly Aerospace is one of the nine companies selected

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Firefly Aerospace Provides a DREAM Payload Opportunity

CEDAR PARK, Texas, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The quest for space travel inspires STEM interest like no other endeavor.  Firefly has promoted that interest by opening its doors to youth though Firefly Academy, the Base 11 Space Challenge, and the Firefly International Rocket Event (FIRE).  Today Firefly is taking their STEM commitment literally to the next level

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Airbus Defence and Space Enters Memorandum of Understanding with Firefly Aerospace Airbus and Firefly to Partner on Launch Solutions for Constellations

CEDAR PARK, Texas, March 19, 2019 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) to develop new space launch solutions for Airbus customers. “Firefly is pleased to enter into an MOU

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D-Orbit Signs Framework Agreement with Firefly to Acquire Launch Capacity

Fino Mornasco, March 4, 2019: D-Orbit S.p.A., an Italian service provider of the New Space sector, signed a multi-year framework agreement with US-based launch operator Firefly Aerospace Inc. (Firefly) to purchase launch capacity of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle. The agreement grants D-Orbit the status of a preferred launch aggregation partner for the European market, allowing D-Orbit

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Firefly Aerospace Announces Mass Production Facility and Cape Canaveral Launch Site

CEDAR PARK, Texas & EXPLORATION PARK, Florida, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the execution of a binding term sheet with Space Florida, under which Firefly will establish business operations at Cape Canaveral Spaceport, including launch operations at historic

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Firefly Aerospace Enters Launch Brokerage Agreement with Spaceflight

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today the execution of a Launch and Brokerage Services Agreement (LBSA) with Spaceflight, the leading provider of launch and mission management services. Through the LBSA, Spaceflight will offer dedicated rideshare launch opportunities on the

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Firefly Aerospace Selected by NASA for Commercial Lunar Payload Services Contract

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced today that they have been selected by NASA for award of a Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. The principal purpose of NASA’s CLPS program is to acquire end-to-end commercial payload services

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Firefly Aerospace Announces Addition of Deborah James to Advisory Board

Cedar Park, TX., Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the addition of Deborah Lee James to its all-star advisory board. Members of the board act as ambassadors and advocates of Firefly and support the executive and management teams through consultation and strategic

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Firefly Aerospace Announces Leo Sipich as Vice President of Avionics

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today that Leo Sipich has been appointed as Vice President of Avionics. Sipich has over 35 years of experience in avionics product development and engineering management. He is a

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York Space Systems Enters Memorandum of Understanding with Firefly Aerospace

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cedar Park, TX., Firefly Aerospace, Inc.(Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with York Space Systems (York) for the development of integrated launch services and spacecraft mission solutions. “Firefly is

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Firefly Aerospace Welcomes Shea Ferring as Vice President of Mission Assurance

CEDAR PARK, Texas, Sept. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today that Shea Ferring has joined Firefly as Vice President of Mission Assurance. Ferring has more than 25 years of experience in design, integration and test of space systems.

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Firefly Aerospace Saves Space Foundation International Student Art Contest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 12, 2018) – Since 2011, the Space Foundation’s International Student Art Contest has inspired thousands of children around the globe toenvision the possibilities and adventures to be found in space. However, for 2019, the art contest almost ended. In spite of participation by 4,578 children in 57 countries this year, a

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Firefly Aerospace Announces Formation of Advisory Board

CEDAR PARK, Texas, July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the formation of an all-star advisory board. Members of the board act as ambassadors and advocates of Firefly and support the executive and management teams through consultation and

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Firefly Stages Comeback

Jeff Foust from SpaceNews does an in-depth interview with Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. View the story on the SpaceNews site or download the full article here.

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Surrey Satellite Technology Limited Awards Launch Services Agreement to Firefly Aerospace

CEDAR PARK, Texas, June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the execution of a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) for use of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle. “Firefly is pleased to enter into

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Firefly Aerospace Receives Statement of Support from the United States Air Force for Use of Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 2 West

CEDAR PARK, Texas, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today that the United States Air Force (USAF) has issued a “Statement of Support for the Firefly Aerospace Program, Alpha and Beta Launch Vehicles” to utilize Vandenberg Air Force

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Firefly Aerospace Releases “Alpha Payload User’s Guide”

Firefly Aerospace Releases “Alpha Payload User’s Guide” Firefly Aerospace, Inc., developers of launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the release of the Payload User’s Guide for its Alpha vehicle. The Firefly Alpha combines the highest payload performance with the lowest cost per kilogram to orbit in its vehicle class. Capable