Firefly Aerospace Opens Research and Development Center in Dnipro, Ukraine

CEDAR PARK, Texas, May 17, 2018 — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the official opening of its Research and Development (R&D) center in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine.

Headquartered in Cedar Park TX, Firefly currently has additional offices in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan. The opening of this R&D center is a significant step towards achieving future Firefly goals.

The R&D center in Dnipro will further enable the world-class engineering teams at Firefly Aerospace to design and manufacture components of launch vehicles and launch systems. The Firefly R&D center, which will be home to more than 150 employees, is equipped with the largest 3D-printer in Ukraine, intended for industrial manufacturing of high-quality metal parts.

Firefly Aerospace was honored by the presence of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, during the opening ceremony of the Dnipro R&D center.

“We plan to launch the first Firefly Alpha in the third quarter of 2019. By 2021, our mass production facilities will support two Alpha launches per month. This will enable our customers to purchase dedicated launches, allowing them to go directly to the orbit of their choosing, according to their schedule.” said Firefly founder Dr. Max Polyakov.

Added Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic, “Our US based team is incredibly impressed with the engineering skills and manufacturing ability available in Ukraine. The growth of our company to include these new team members will allow us to dramatically accelerate the pace of development of our future Firefly launch vehicles.”

ABOUT FIREFLY AEROSPACE

Firefly is developing a family of launch vehicles to provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability for dedicated light to medium lift launches. Firefly’s Alpha and Beta vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to one and four metric tons of payload respectively. Alpha and Beta will provide 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.

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 Base (VAFB) Space Launch Complex 2 West (SLC-2W) for future launches of the Firefly Alpha and Beta launch vehicles.

“Firefly Aerospace is greatly appreciative that NASA and the USAF support the transition of SLC-2W to a commercial launch site dedicated to the launch of Firefly vehicles,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “SLC-2W has been an incredible asset for US space missions for over 50 years. We are humbled and honored that Firefly Alpha and Beta launch vehicles will be adding many successful missions to the already storied history of SLC-2W.”

30th Space Wing Commander, Colonel Michael S. Hough, stated: “We are excited to be currently working with a new launch provider, Firefly, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. This is a new commercial space lift provider seeking to launch commercial satellites from SLC-2W.”

Firefly’s Director of Launch, Brad Obrocto, added: “Converting an active government launch site to commercial operation is substantially less complex and costly than the greenfield development of a new launch site, saving Firefly years of facility development and substantial capex dollars. This enables Firefly to stay on track for Alpha’s first flight by the third quarter of 2019 and ramp up to monthly launches by the end of 2020. The accommodation of Firefly launch by the USAF significantly enhances Firefly’s ability to service the full spectrum of government and commercial customers from one location and advances Firefly’s vision of ‘Making Space for Everyone.’”

ABOUT FIREFLY AEROSPACE

Firefly is developing a family of launch vehicles to provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability for dedicated light to medium lift launches. Firefly’s Alpha and Beta vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to one and four metric tons of payload respectively. Alpha and Beta will provide 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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Firefly Aerospace Releases “Alpha Payload User’s Guide”

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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 of delivering 1 metric ton to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and 600 kg to the highly desirable 500 KM Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO), Alpha will provide launch options for both full vehicle and ride share customers.

The Payload User’s Guide provides Firefly’s customers with in-depth information on the operation, capabilities and payload interfaces for the Alpha launch vehicle. The Payload User’s Guide helps customers effectively and efficiently plan their missions.

“Our primary focus at Firefly is creating the world’s most economical and convenient small satellite launch vehicle,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “The Alpha vehicle will enable access to space for our customers across a wide variety of payload classes, from CubeSats to multi-satellite per mission constellation deployment.”

Dr. Markusic added that, “Our first launch is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. Our mass production processes will ensure that we are able to support twice monthly launches by 2021. Economical, convenient and reliable access to space is crucial to rapidly expanding the small satellite market. The Firefly Alpha is a critical first step towards our goal of ‘Making Space for Everyone.’”

ABOUT FIREFLY AEROSPACE

Firefly is a small satellite launch company located in Cedar Park, TX. Firefly was created for one simple reason: provide economical, high-performance space launch capability for the under-served small satellite market, where secondary-payload launches are often the only option. The Firefly team consists of highly experienced aerospace engineers that have spent the better part of the past decade working at various New Space companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

For more information please see: www.fireflyspace.com