Firefly Space Systems Enlists UK-based Bradspace Ltd

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Firefly Space Systems Enlists UK-based Bradspace Ltd

AUSTIN, Texas, February 19, 2015

Firefly Space Systems, Inc., developers of dedicated light satellite launch vehicles for the small satellite market, announces the addition of Bradspace Ltd. to its growing team.

Based in Surrey in the UK, Bradspace and its small satellite consultants will provide representation for Firefly throughout Europe. Bradspace will liaison with European customers to provide launch services on Firefly’s family of launch vehicles. With many years of experience in the small satellite industry, Bradspace will also assist Firefly in ensuring that launch services are ideally tailored and suited to small satellites, which form the core of Firefly’s business.

Andy Bradford, Director of Bradspace said “Bradspace is delighted to be working with the Firefly team to achieve their goal of making affordable, dedicated small satellite launch a reality. Having worked for nearly 15 years for the world’s leading small satellite manufacturer, I am acutely aware of the need for small satellite friendly launch opportunities, and can pinpoint exactly what is needed. It’s an exciting time in the space industry; I believe Firefly’s entry in to the launch market and their offering will constitute a critical step in enabling more small satellite based commercial services to be established and grown significantly in the coming years. I am delighted to be part of this activity.”

Firefly COO Pj King added that, “Bradspace will play an important role in Firefly’s continued expansion and support of its European customers. Andy Bradford’s years of experience and insight into the industry will prove invaluable to us in this process. We are happy to welcome him to the team.”

ABOUT BRADSPACE

BradSpace offers consultancy and support services to the space industry. With a wealth of experience in space projects and activities, especially in small satellite based missions and projects, Bradspace provides expert consultancy services to all types of organisations undertaking space projects, be they academic, institutional or industrial/commercial. See www.bradspace.co.uk for more information.

ABOUT FIREFLY SPACE SYSTEMS
Firefly is a ground-based small satellite launch company located in Austin, TX. The Firefly team consists of highly experienced aerospace engineers that have spent the better part of the past decade working at various New Space companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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Maureen Gannon 415.690.7787 maureen@fireflyspace.com

Firefly Space Systems and NASA have Inked Space Act Agreement

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Firefly Space Systems and NASA have Inked Space Act Agreement

AUSTIN, Texas, January 13, 2015

Firefly Space Systems, Inc. (“Firefly”), a small satellite launch company, is pleased to announce it has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama.

The agreement’s intended purpose is for Firefly and NASA to collaborate as related to the design and commercial development of Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle, specifically in the areas of technical consultation, engineering services, and concept/design reviews.

MSFC’s SAA lead Jim Snoddy stated, “We always look forward to consulting with our industry partners and providing insight into new approaches and advancing technologies for affordable launch vehicles”

Firefly Co-founder & CEO Tom Markusic said, “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to consult with NASA in solving our launch vehicle development technical challenges. The knowledge-base of their staff is unparalleled, and the access to them afforded through the Space Act Agreements is of significant value to Firefly, and indeed the entire new space community. It’s a great program that will help Firefly to more rapidly mature our vehicle design.”

Firefly Alpha represents a revolution in small satellite launch design. It’s the first vehicle in a scalable family of launchers specifically designed to address the needs of the growing small satellites market. Featuring a methane aerospike engine and the lowest launch cost in its class, it is an all-composite launch vehicle aiming to transform the entire industry.

ABOUT FIREFLY SPACE SYSTEMS

Firefly is a ground-based small satellite launch company located in Austin, TX. The Firefly team consists of highly experienced aerospace engineers that have spent the better part of the past decade working at various New Space companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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Maureen Gannon 415.690.7787 maureen@fireflyspace.com

New Space Startup Firefly Hires Spacecraft Design Veteran as Chief Technical Officer

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New Space Startup Firefly Hires Spacecraft Design Veteran as Chief Technical Officer

AUSTIN, Texas, October 14, 2014

Firefly Space Systems, Inc., a ground-based, small satellite launch company, announces the hiring of spacecraft design veteran Shey Sabripour as its Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Sabripour brings over two decades of experience as Director of Spacecraft Design at Lockheed Martin and will be taking responsibility of the company’s launch vehicles as well as avionics design and development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shey on board,” said Firefly Co-founder & COO PJ King. “Attracting the world’s top engineering talent is absolutely critical for technology companies and Shey is precisely that. He brings a wealth of satellite design experience and will be invaluable in ensuring we provide our satellite customers with unparalleled launch service.”

Formerly the Director of Spacecraft Design at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Mr. Sabripour led a team of 370 engineers and scientists in design, development, production and launch of over 38 earth orbiting communication satellites and several interplanetary spacecraft. During his 24 years at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Sabripour was the recipient of fourteen technical and program leadership awards including the Person-of-the-Year in 2005.

Mr. Sabripour earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Dakota State University and has earned continuing education in both electrical and electronics engineering. Additional studies include executive business management at institutions such as New Jersey Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Santa Clara University, University of Maryland and Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership excellence. In 2000 Mr. Sabripour co-authored and published the “Spacecraft Power Technologies” textbook, and was recently commissioned to author the “Fundamentals of Communications Satellites” textbook for World Scientific Press. Mr. Sabripour has received one US patent and has 3 pending US patents.

Firefly has aggressively moved to recruit the very best engineering talent for the development of its vehicles. In his new role at Firefly, Mr. Sabripour will not only lead the avionics team but also play a key role in Firefly’s future innovative technologies, including the development of satellite constellation architectures.

Tom Markusic, Firefly CEO added, “In the early phases of designing a launch vehicle, it is tempting to simply treat the payload as a lumped mass. At Firefly we will use a top-down systems engineering approach, where the most important satellite requirements flow down to the vehicle subsystem designs, from the outset of the development program. Firefly’s appointment of Shey Sabripour as our new CTO, with his extensive and impressive experience in developing satellites, reinforces our commitment to design a vehicle driven by customer needs.

Simplified and optimized for least cost, and utilizing innovations such as a rethought engine design, Firefly has positioned itself to be the technological and cost effective solution for traditional manufacturers of small satellites for government agencies and earth observation customers. In addition, Firefly has set its sights on New-Space constellation customers, aiming to disrupt the data flow from traditional players.

ABOUT FIREFLY SPACE SYSTEMS

Firefly is a ground-based small satellite launch company with locations in Austin, TX and Hawthorne, CA. Our team consists of highly experienced aerospace engineers that have spent the better part of the past decade working at various New Space companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Visit www.fireflyspace.com for more information.

Contact Phone Email

Maureen Gannon 415.690.7787 maureen@fireflyspace.com

Firefly Space Systems Awarded $1.2 Million Economic Development Grant from Cedar Park

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Firefly Space Systems Awarded $1.2 Million Economic Development Grant from Cedar Park

Released: September 26, 2014

Cedar Park, TX, September 25, 2014

Firefly Space Systems announced today that it will receive up to $1,225,000 in incentives and employment grants from The City of Cedar Park Economic Development Corporation following the rocket company’s recent relocation from Hawthorne, California to its new home in Cedar Park, Texas. Firefly’s expansion plans include building its team in Central Texas to 200 employees with an annual payroll of approximately $12 million by 2019.

The company also plans to invest approximately $7.5 million in property, plant and equipment over the duration of the 10-year agreement with Cedar Park. Current negotiations for an undisclosed 20,000-square-foot office location for Firefly are also nearing finalization.

“Two hundred jobs is a very significant project for us. These jobs average out—and the company has committed—to $60,000 per job. That’s above the county median wage, and that is the number we typically focus on to determine if the jobs high-paying” noted Mr. Larry Holt, Cedar Park Assistant Economic Development Director.

CEO of Firefly Space Systems added that, “Our employees and executive team are very excited to be here in Texas. The business community in the Greater Austin area has been very welcoming and helpful. We look forward to transitioning to our new home in Cedar Park.

Firefly’s office in Cedar Park will be ideally located due to its proximity to the company’s newly acquired 200+ acre test site facility in nearby Briggs, TX. While launch sites have yet to be determined, Firefly’s Chief Operating Officer PJ King has interest in Texas’ Brownsville area launch site.

“We absolutely want to build a launch site here in Texas. Having our launch site in Texas would be a triple whammy bringing together design & engineering, testing and a launch site all in one state,” King said.

ABOUT FIREFLY SPACE SYSTEMS:Firefly is a small satellite launch company with locations in Austin, TX and Hawthorne, CA. Our team consists of seasoned aerospace engineers that have spent the past decade working at various New Space companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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Contact Phone Email

Maureen Gannon 415.690.7787 maureen@fireflyspace.com

Firefly Space Systems’ ‘First of its Kind’ Rocket Engines Join Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program

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Firefly Space Systems’ ‘First of its Kind’ Rocket Engines Join Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program

Released: September 4, 2014

HAWTHORNE, Calif., August 27, 2014

FIREFLY SPACE SYSTEMS today announced that it has joined the Autodesk® Cleantech Partner Program, which will allow the company to begin designing and advancing the next-generation of cleaner burning rockets. Firefly’s rockets, which will use highly efficient liquefied natural gas (LNG), will not produce any soot like the kind currently common in kerosene and solid rocket engine combustion. Particulates in the upper atmosphere, like soot, are recognized as a major contributor to atmospheric heating.

Firefly is currently building the world’s lowest-cost, small satellite delivery system. Its rockets will be the first to utilize LNG which is much more environmentally friendly and efficient than the alternatives. This low cost and abundant non-petroleum fuel produces approximately 33% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional rocket engines.

The Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program supports the work of cleantech innovators by providing qualified companies, such as Firefly, with Digital Prototyping software to help them design, visualize, and simulate their groundbreaking ideas. This lets them test multiple concepts and reduce costly errors, getting to market faster.

“Cleantech companies like Firefly Space Systems are addressing some of the most important challenges facing our world today,” said Catherine Doyle, global lead of Autodesk’s Cleantech Initiative. “We are proud to support their growth and success through the Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program.”

In addition, the liquid oxygen and LNG used in Firefly rockets is incapable of spilling, as it spontaneously evaporates when exposed to ambient conditions. Consequently, Firefly rockets pose no environmental threat from propellant spills, unlike other companies’ kerosene fueled vehicles.

Firefly’s mission to deploy reusable rockets also reduces the need to build dedicated new rockets for every flight, thereby reducing the amount of materials required as well as manufacturing waste. The airframe of the vehicle will be made entirely of carbon and organic compounds, unlike current vehicles that are constructed from rare and expensive metals.

Firefly’s rockets will provide low-cost launch for the small satellite market, which is growing vigorously for the purpose of earth observation. This increase in earth observation capability will be key to understanding how and why climate change occurs. It will also facilitate the production of additional data for analytical atmospheric models, used to better understand future trends in climate change.

“Firefly is performing CAD and mechanical design utilizing Autodesk Product Design Suite. The Suite provides a comprehensive set of tools that will enable Firefly to quickly and collaboratively iterate on our rocket design - and ultimately move into production and spaceflight,” added Thomas Markusic, CEO of Firefly. “Autodesk, along with their Platinum Partner reseller KETIV Inc., have been incredibly supportive in getting us up and running quickly.”

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Contact Phone Email

Firefly Space Systems: Maureen Gannon 415.690.7787 maureen@fireflyspace.com