Firefly Teams with ANSYS, Texas Advanced Computing Center

firefly_space_systems_logoHAWTHORNE, Calif., August 20, 2014 (Firefly PR) –– FIREFLY SPACE SYSTEMS, ANSYS, Inc. and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, home to the Stampede supercomputer, team up in the design of next-generation of rockets.

Firefly Space Systems is building the world’s lowest-cost, small satellite delivery system. Announced today, Firefly’s initiative with ANSYS and TACC will enable Firefly to accurately and rapidly progress through its engineering development process as it moves closer to its first launch.


Firefly Space Systems Adds General Astronautics as Strategic Partner

firefly_space_systems_logoAUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 5, 2014 (Firefly PR) – Firefly Space Systems, Inc., developers of dedicated light satellite launch vehicles for the small satellite market, is announcing the addition of General Astronautics, LLC (GenAstro) to its strategic team.

Based in Washington D.C., GenAstro will assist Firefly’s senior management team in strategic planning, capturing new opportunities, and engagement with the federal government and industry.


FireFly Space Systems Announces First Smallsat Launch Vehicle

firefly_space_systems_logoAUSTIN, Texas, July 2, 2014 (FireFly PR) – FireFly Space Systems, a ground-based, small satellite launch company, has officially announced its first launch vehicle, “FireFly Alpha.” This efficient, brand new vehicle is capable of carrying 400kg into low earth orbit and will be the world’s first dedicated light satellite launch vehicle in this mass class.

Following its official launch and seed funding in January, FireFly has aggressively moved forward in its mission to lower the prohibitively high costs of small satellite launches to Low Earth and Sun Synchronous Orbits with the goal of revolutionizing broadband data delivery and earth observation missions.


Virgin Galactic Propulsion VP Leaves for New Launch Company

firefly_space_systems_logoVirgin Galactic Vice President of Propulsion Thomas Markusic has left Richard Branson’s space tourism company for Firefly Space Systems, a start-up company developing a ground-based, small satellite launch vehicle.

Markusic had been at Virgin Galactic since May 2011. He headed up the company’s liquid propulsion program and oversaw the development of LauncherOne, a small satellite rocket that will be air launched from WhiteKnightTwo.