Alpha is Firefly's first launch system
The Firefly Alpha uses methane fuel and a plug-aerospike engine
The Firefly Alpha has a carbon composite construction
One of Alpha's rocket burners
Alpha's aerospike engine with rocket burner cluster
The signs of a healthy industry isn't just growth or innovation, but a tendency to reach out and fill niche markets. A case in point is the small satellite launch company Firefly Space Systems, which recently unveiled its planned Alpha launcher. Aimed at the small satellite launch market, it's designed to launch satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO) at very low cost with an unconventional aerospike engine. It is also the first orbital launcher to use methane as fuel.
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