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Firefly Aerospace intends to launch second Alpha rocket in Dec

KYIV. Sept 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – U.S. aerospace equipment designer Firefly Aerospace Inc., owned by Ukrainian businessman Max Polyakov, intends to launch the second Alpha rocket in December 2021, he himself said during an online meeting with reporters on Wednesday.

According to him, all the rocket components are already in place, and it is currently being integrated.

He said that there are already five-20 rocket components at the warehouse.

"Now we need to work out all the mistakes that were made, and eliminate possible problems," he said.

In the future, as Polyakov said, launches will occur from eight to 24 per year.

Talking about work on a Beta class rocket, he said that the company is currently going through the first stage of its design.

The Alpha’s first launch was reportedly on September 3. According to a livestream of the rocket’s launch on YouTube, the launch window opened from 4:00 to 8:00 Kyiv time. The rocket took off at 4:58 Kyiv time, but a couple of minutes after the launch, the mission was interrupted due to an unknown anomaly. According to the video broadcast, the rocket exploded in flight.

Firefly Aerospace then said the Alpha’s flight had been interrupted due to safety protocols.

Firefly Aerospace, formerly known as Firefly Space Systems, is a private U.S. company, which was founded in Texas in 2014 and specializes in developing new-generation light launch vehicles. In Dnipro, Firefly Aerospace has its own research and development center and a workshop for the experimental production of small rocket units with subsequent laboratory testing.