Firefly Aerospace, Inc. announced May 6 that it has secured AS9100 quality certification — a key quality milestone as the company transitions from the developmental phase to the first launch of its Firefly Alpha rocket. Firefly has passed all quality audit requirements to receive the AS9100 certification, which is a standardized benchmark prepared by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) designed to ensure quality management practices across the aerospace industry. In addition, Firefly requires all suppliers to be AS9100 certified.
Firefly is planning for the inaugural Alpha flight later this year. The Alpha launch vehicle will serve the small-satellite market, and Firefly said it will offer the lowest cost-per-kilogram to orbit in its vehicle class, in addition to launch options for both full vehicle and rideshare missions.
“Our AS9100 certification marks a key milestone in the maturation of Firefly as we move from development into the production phase of the Alpha launch vehicle. We are well positioned to take on new contracts and development opportunities,” said CEO Dr. Tom Markusic.