DoD Innovation Unit to Study Firefly Vehicle for Missions Beyond Earth Orbit Written 22 March 2024


Firefly Alpha's first launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base. | Credit: Jacob Rendon; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

Space News reports, “The Defense Innovation Unit announced March 21 it has signed an agreement with Firefly Aerospace to study the potential use of the company’s Elytra orbital vehicle for missions beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit.” According to the article, once the study contract is complete, as many as two demonstration flights could occur, “in the region between GEO orbit and the moon, known as cislunar space.”
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