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Firefly opens first rocket flight to entrepreneurs, students
17 June 2019
In a bid to attract more customers and employees into Firefly's aerospace activities, the startup plans to offer valuable payload space to these two groups on its first Alpha rocket flight in December.
The mission, called Dedicated Research and Education Accelerator Mission (DREAM) includes room for student experiments and entrepreneurial ventures (for companies that cannot access space themselves). Firefly will already receive revenue from its commercial payload (so far from an undisclosed customer) on the flight, and offering up this ride-along space will help it forge more connections in the aerospace community, said CEO Tom Markusic.
Image credit: Firefly Aerospace - Firefly Aerospace's Alpha second stage undergoes integrated testing on the 100-foot Firefly vertical test stand.