Partial Failure

To The Black

Launch Time
Sat Oct 01, 2022 07:01 UTC

Second demonstration flight of Firefly Alpha. Firefly was able to achieve orbit for the first time, however, the educational payloads on-board were deployed in a lower orbit than expected.


Image Credit: Firefly Aerospace
Status: Active
Price: $15.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 801 kN
Payload to LEO: 1,030 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 29.48 m
Fairing Diameter: 2.2 m
Fairing Height: 5.0 m

Mission Details

Teachers in Space - Serenity

The 3U CubeSat will collect flight data during the mission and make it available to the educational community for analysis and comparison to data collected on other flights and vehicles.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2.0 kg
Retrograde Low Earth Orbit


The TechEdSat-15 (TES-15) mission is a NASA-owned, in coordination with San Jose State, 3U CubeSat.
The TES-15 design is a ‘hot,’ articulated exo-brake that allows for de-orbit targeting through drag-modulation and deeper penetration into
the atmosphere to validate COM systems for future Entry Design Landing (EDL) system flights. The exo-brake will deploy after the CubeSat is ejected from its dispenser to deorbit the CubeSat.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 4.0 kg
Retrograde Low Earth Orbit

Libre Space Foundation - PicoBus

An 8P Pocketqube deployer to be used to deploy 6 picosatellites into space and test the world’s first fully free and open-source telecommunications constellation

GENESIS-L & GENESIS-N (AMSAT Spain). Objective: Technology demonstration for radio-amateurs, micro sub-joule pulsed plasma thruster & test platform to build heritage for future missions

FOSSASAT-1B. Objective: Communication & Remote sensing Technology Demonstrator of LoRa telecommunications, ADCS demonstration, & low-resolution earth imager experiment.

Qubik-1 & Qubik-2 (Libre Space). Objective: Communication Technology Demonstrator performing multiple telecommunication experiments

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 6.0 kg
Retrograde Low Earth Orbit


SLC-2W, Vandenberg SFB, California, USA



126th orbital launch attempt


2nd mission
1st mission of 2022