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 analysis.

Deborah Lee James brings 30 years of knowledge and national security experience from both the federal government and private sectors. James served as Secretary of the Air Force from 2013-2017. Prior to that she was President of the Technical and Engineering Sector for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. James has also held Director/Advisor roles in many prominent organizations such as Bain & Co, LeanIn.Org, Unisys, Textron, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Ms. James joins current Advisory Board members Jeff Bingham, Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., George Nield, and William F. Readdy. Upon joining the board, she said “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on such a distinguished board alongside individuals who have dedicated their careers to ensuring American leadership in space. I look forward to helping Firefly revolutionize small launch as we enter a historic era of space commercialization.”

Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic said, “We are honored to have Deborah join the Firefly Advisory Board. She provides a wealth of national security experience that will help us better serve our future defense customers. Deborah’s recent tenure as the Secretary of the Air Force provides her with a unique insight into the needs of the United States military and her guidance will further enable Firefly to provide our defense community with the space-based capabilities required to ensure the security of our country.”


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

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