Ukrainian-owned Firefly Aerospace launches Alpha rocket into space for the first time (video)

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 Firefly Aerospace, owned by a Ukrainian, launched the Alpha rocket into space for the first time (video)

After several transfers, the rocket successfully launched three satellites into orbit, which are already transmitting signals to Earth.

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On October 1, the American Firefly Aerospace launched the Alpha rocket, developed by Ukrainian Maxim Polyakov, into space for the first time. The company announced this on its Twitter page.

Firefly Aerospace was supposed to launch the rocket on September 30 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA, scheduled the broadcast and even prepared the engines, but curtailed the process at the last moment . The press service reported on the emergency interruption system after ignition, the team checked the systems, made sure they were in good condition and waited for the next “window” a day later.

 Firefly Aerospace, owned by a Ukrainian, launched the Alpha rocket into space for the first time (video)

 Firefly Aerospace, owned by a Ukrainian, launched the Alpha rocket into space for the first time (video)

Now the company has announced the successful completion of the mission. The rocket took to the skies, reached low Earth orbit and delivered three “payloads” (payloads) – the name of the satellites and other equipment that is installed on board. The Alpha has a payload capacity of 1,170 kg.

“Customers have confirmed receipt of the signal,” wrote Firefly Aerospace.

The space company has dubbed the mission Alpha Flight 2: To The Black, alluding to a second attempt to get the rocket into orbit after failing in September 2021 when the engine suddenly shut off mid-flight. In 2022, there was an attempt to send a rocket into space on September 11, but then, before the launch, the helium pressure in the system dropped sharply, and then the weather interfered.

The Alpha rocket was created by a team led by Ukrainian entrepreneur Maxim Polyakov, who bought the assets Firefly company for $75 and invested about $200 million in its development. In 2018, the firm received permission to use the launch pad at Vanderberg Air Force Base. In 2020, Firefly Aerospace signed a nearly $10 million contract with NASA to launch satellites into orbit.

At the end of 2021, the US government demanded that Maxim Polyakov sell his stake in Firefly. The authorities feared that missile technology could fall into the hands of Russia as a result of an attack on Ukraine. As a result, the entrepreneur agreed to leave the board of directors and gave up control of the company in the hope that it could receive government and military contracts.