WASHINGTON -- Start-up smallsat launch-services provider Firefly Aerospace's decision to team with veteran motor-maker Aerojet Rocketdyne will see the startup commercial launch company debut its Alpha cubesat launcher in early 2020 before embarking on development of a medium-class rocket powered by Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR1 engine and aimed at the small-GEO market.

The partnership is not the first example of a New Space company seeking to gain quicker acceptance in the U.S. government market -- somewhere between important and crucial . . .

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