BURNET COUNTY, Texas — A local rocket company continues to reach for the stars, announcing Friday that it has been selected by NASA for a new mission.
Firefly Black LLC will work with NASA for the launch of Mission Two of the Venture Class Launch Service Demonstration contract, which involves the launch of two CubeSat constellations to a 550 km Sun-Synchronous Orbit.
"Firefly Black is pleased to have been selected by NASA for this operationally challenging mission. We applaud NASA’s commitment to the nation’s emerging small launch industrial base and look forward to supporting America’s civil space launch needs for many years," said Leslie Kovacs, company president. "The all-private development of our Alpha launch vehicle, and the impending completion of our Space Launch Complex 2 conversion at Vandenberg AFB, are on schedule to support the maiden Firefly Alpha launch in the first quarter of 2021. The men and women of Firefly, and our supply chain partners, are excited by this partnership with NASA."
The company said it will bridge demand between pure small launch capability and that provided by the National Security Space Launch program by providing a family of small-to-medium launchers and in-space transportation services.
Firefly Black LLC is the national security and civil space subsidiary of Firefly Aerospace, which has offices in Cedar Park and a testing facility in Bertram, Texas.
KVUE's Bryce Newbery got an exclusive look inside their facilities in January.
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