Firefly’s 1st Test Flight
Our first test flight (FLTA001) on September 2, 2021, marked a major advancement for the Firefly team. Although Alpha did not make it to orbit, Firefly demonstrated its ability to launch rockets and fly more than two minutes to supersonic speed before having to end the mission. Following our investigation, we discovered one of the engines cut out due an electrical short to one of the values. We were able to fix this minor issue and gain a wealth of flight data that ultimately led to our successful orbital flight (FLTA002) on only our second launch attempt.