Firefly was created for one simple reason: provide low-cost, high-performance space launch capability for the under-served small satellite market, where secondary-payload launches are often the only option. The technologies employed in our state-of-the-art rockets provide a clear pathway for future incremental improvements in vehicle capability. Later vehicles will also have reusable elements and employ air-breathing propulsion.
Small satellites are playing an increasingly significant role in space. Smaller, lighter and cheaper satellite technologies have led to functional systems that are a fraction of the size of their predecessors. Meanwhile, constellations of small satellites are showing promise for replacing larger custom-built systems, thus providing redundancy and the ability to regularly refresh system technology. Lastly, many advanced technologies languish at middle TRL levels. Low cost rides to space will allow these technologies to be proven and advance our collective space-flight capabilities.
But first things first: our primary focus here at Firefly is creating the world’s best and lowest-cost light satellite launch vehicle. How? By using proven rocket technologies developed by our world-class team in our designs and employing mass production processes. Where we see moderate risk, high pay-off technical or business opportunities, we take them.
Our customers are searching for a reliable, cost effective launch service and for whom multi-manifesting or a secondary payload position is not a desirable option. That’s where Firefly comes in.