Firefly, which is headquartered near Austin, Texas, said it is working with federal regulators to determine what went wrong before working toward its next orbital flight attempt.
Firefly is one of a long list of commercial rocket companies that are pushing to make space a competitive business place, rather than the sole domain of governments. But whether a startup can successfully put a rocket into orbit – as companies such as SpaceX, Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit have been able to do – has often been a determining factor in whether a company can survive financially. .
If Firefly was successful Thursday evening, it would only become the third US The company successfully reached orbit with a rocket specially designed to carry batches of small satellites into space. Rocket Lab, which has so far only launched from New Zealand, and Virgin Orbit, the sister company of the Suborbital Space Tourism Company, which took its founder Sir Richard Branson to the edge of space, are the only American to ever achieve such a feat. There are companies. a milestone.
But there are dozens — possibly hundreds — waiting in the wings with nearly identical business plans: Build cheap, lightweight rockets that can travel continuously in orbit.
In contrast, the most notable of the so-called “new space” companies, SpaceX, builds massive, 200-foot-long rockets specifically designed to deliver heavy telecommunications or national security satellites to distant orbits or large batches of small satellites. can be prepared for. in nearby classes.
But Firefly and all others with similar business plans are part of a rush to meet perceived demands in the market, as space cheerleaders from Wall Street to Silicon Valley predict a near future in which space-based technologies will accelerate at high speed. provide a platform for some. , from the global internet to extraterrestrial vacation spots.
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