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First launch of US-Ukraine Alpha rocket slated for autumn

Source : 112 Ukraine

Firefly aims to debut its Alpha rocket for small satellites this fall, in October or November
16:50, 13 August 2020

The first stage of Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket is powered by four Reaver engines
Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace's advanced rocket for small satellites could be ready for first time launching this fall, according to company representatives. This was reported by Space news agency.

“The two-stage rocket, known as Alpha, was originally scheduled to debut in early 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic intervened and delayed things at Firefly, as well as at other space companies around the world. Some suppliers had to delay shipments, and work slowed due to necessary physical distancing measures,” the message says.

According to the agency, now Alpha is almost ready to get off the ground. Firefly is targeting a launch sometime in late October or early November from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, provided final testing and certification go as planned.

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As we know, on 17 May 2018, Firefly Aerospace opened a Research and Development (R&D) center in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine. The Firefly R&D center was announced to become over time a place of work for more than 150 employees, and is equipped with the largest 3D-printer in Ukraine, intended for industrial manufacturing of high-quality metal parts.

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