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 developing a family of launch and in-space vehicles and services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience, and reliability. Firefly’s launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to ten metric tons of payload at the lowest cost per kg in the small-launch class. Combined with Firefly’s in-space vehicles, such as the Space Utility Vehicle and Blue Ghost Lunar Lander, Firefly provides the space industry with a single source for missions from LEO to the surface of the Moon or beyond. Firefly is headquartered in Cedar Park, TX.

For more information please see: www.firefly.com

Filed Under: Advisory Board.

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