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Firefly’s Alpha Rocket Launches Successfully in Second Attempt

Firefly Alpha rocket.

Firefly Alpha rocket.

Source: Firefly Aerospace Inc.

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Firefly Aerospace Inc. launched its first rocket into orbit, advancing the private space startup’s bid to become a reliable partner for NASA.

The Alpha rocket took off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California early Saturday and successfully put three small payloads into Earth orbit, including one for the US space agency. A previous launch attempt failed in September 2021 when the debut Alpha rocket veered off course and had to be exploded shortly after takeoff.