Adaptive Launch Solutions of San Diego has signed a multi-year launch services agreement with Firefly Aerospace, which includes four Alpha launches beginning in 2021.
Adaptive Launch Solutions, which has a facility in Torrance, is a designer of multi-manifest hardware, avionics and sequencers, and an integrator of single and multiple satellites. Firefly Aerospace of Cedar Park, Texas, is a provider of economical launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services.
“Small launch provides small satellite owners right sized, right priced access to space meeting their program and business goals,” said Phil Smith, CEO of Adaptive Launch Solutions. “Our agreement with Firefly Aerospace will provide the flexibility and responsiveness demanded by government operators and commercial owners.
Under the agreement, Adaptive Launch is the launch service provider for Alpha Flights 2 and 3, planned for launch in 2021. These two missions offer customers the earliest commercial launch opportunities on Firefly Alpha.
“Firefly is very pleased to welcome ALS as a customer and partner for missions in 2021 and beyond,” said Tom Markusic, Firefly CEO.
In addition to providing launch services to Adaptive Launch Solutions, Firefly plans to leverage its partner’s primary and secondary payload integration capability, processing experience and proprietary hardware for current and future launch campaigns.
Firefly is preparing for the first launch of the Alpha vehicle in early 2021. Acceptance testing of both Stage 1 and Stage 2 for Flight 1 have been completed, and Firefly’s Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 2 launch site is nearing completion and activation.
Firefly has now nearly filled our 2021 launch manifest and is focused on finalizing our 2022 flight opportunities,” said Bradley Schneider, chief revenue officer for Firefly. “The demand for access to Low Earth Orbit is rapidly expanding, and Firefly will provide the most dependable and economical small launch vehicles in the industry.”