NEXT SPACEFLIGHT

Status

Elytra Mission 1

Launch Time
NET Oct 15, 2024

Rocket

Alpha
Image Credit: Firefly Aerospace
Firefly
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

Elytra Mission 1

Elytra Mission 1 will demonstrate the responsive on-orbit capabilities of the Elytra vehicle. In support of Xtenti’s follow-on study contract with the NRO, the mission will demonstrate a rapid payload reconfiguration utilizing Xtenti’s FANTM-RiDE payload dispenser prior to launching on Firefly’s Alpha vehicle. Upon launching on Alpha, Firefly’s Elytra vehicle will utilize the FANTM-RiDE dispenser to first deploy commercial rideshare payloads in Sun-Synchronous Orbit, and then perform an on-orbit maneuver and stand ready to deploy U.S. government payloads on-demand.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit

Location

SLC-2W, Vandenberg SFB, California, USA

Stats

2024

121st orbital launch attempt

Alpha

5th mission
1st mission of 2024