Interview: Firefly Aerospace Chief Executive Thomas Markusic

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — After a long period of silence, Firefly Aerospace Inc. has emerged with an aggressive schedule for its Firefly Alpha vehicle, a two-stage rocket designed to deliver 600 kilograms of payload into a 500-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit.

First flight is for mid-2019, with another mission planned for late that year and up to eight launches in 2020. The company says it is scaling its production facility in Texas for a twice-a-month flight cadence.

That’s for the hardware. The business model, now using financing . . .

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