Press Release

Firefly Space Systems and NASA have Inked Space Act Agreement

By SpaceRef Editor
January 13, 2015
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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.


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.


SpaceRef staff editor.