Aerospace firefly acquired launch and space transportation services provider Spaceflight Inc. in an effort to expand its in-orbit capabilities for customers.
Firefly did not disclose terms of the deal, but a company spokesperson confirmed that the transaction has closed. The spokesperson added that the entire Spaceflight team, including CEO Tiphaine Louradour, will be absorbed into Firefly and that the company will “evaluate talent, roles and responsibilities over the coming months.”
“Spaceflight’s proven orbital vehicles, facilities and mission management expertise will support Firefly’s rapid growth, provide a robust roadmap for investors, and meet the high demand for our in-orbit and reactive space services,” Bill Weber, CEO of Firefly Aerospace, said in a statement. “The acquisition further accelerates Firefly’s timeline to support end-to-end missions with launch, lunar and space services.”
Firefly, headquartered in Cedar Park, Texas, is active in the rocket and spacecraft industry. The company has developed a small launch vehicle called Alpha, which has flown twice, and is developing a medium-lift vehicle with Northrop Grumman that could fly as early as 2025. The company is also developing a number of spacecraft, including a lunar lander called Blue Ghost and two “Space Utility Vehicles” buses for space mobility and payload hosting.
Firefly will absorb Spaceflight Inc.’s technology, including its family of orbital transfer vehicles called Sherpas, as well as its mission and license management services. Being able to offer these services can help Firefly stand out to potential customers, especially as more rocket companies bid on their business.
With the closing of the deal, Firefly said it will honor existing Spaceflight customer contracts with additional launch vehicles. However, once these obligations are met, Spaceflight’s services will be used exclusively with Firefly rockets.
Firefly also plans to use Spaceflight’s facilities in Bellevue, Washington to produce its orbital vehicles. According to a Spaceflight press release from last year, the company operates a 39,000-square-foot space in Bellevue, including 25,000 square feet of office space and a 14,000-square-foot warehouse and cleanroom.
The news comes as Firefly is preparing to conduct the third and fourth launches of its Alpha rocket. The third launch, called Victus Nox, will challenge Firefly to launch its rocket on just 24 hours’ notice for the US Space Force. A subsequent mission for NASA is tentatively scheduled for August.