Firefly Aerospace has signed a multi-launch agreement with L3Harris Technologies for three dedicated launched on its Alpha vehicle.
The launches, which will take place in 2026, will enable L3 Harris to achieve direct access to low Earth orbit at a lower cost and support the responsive space needs of the US government. The three missions will launch from Firefly’s SLC-2 launch site at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.
The Alpha vehicle can launch more than 1,000kg to low Earth orbit making it ideal for small satellites and spacecraft.
Bill Weber, CEO of Firefly Aerospace, said, “Firefly is honoured to support the ongoing mission needs of L3Harris as they continue to deliver satellite systems that advance our national security. Firefly’s team, facilities, and manufacturing capabilities are positioned to rapidly respond to industry demand for our small- and medium-lift launch services, ensuring mission success for each customer.”
Firefly is ramping up production of Alpha at its rocket manufacturing and test site in Briggs, Texas, to support multiple government and commercial launches. It is also doubling the size of its facilities to support the ongoing development of its medium launch vehicle, which is scheduled for first launch in 2025.