More known for the high-resolution cameras it builds, Dragonfly Aerospace plan to move into microsatellite manufacturing got a major boost when it was sold to serial entrepreneur Max Polyakov. SpaceNews caught up with Eugene Yakovlev, Dragonfly Aerospace’s CEO to learn more about its road map.
ISS has allowed astronauts to live in space for months, providing a strong push for the development of new sciences and technologies capable of solving humankind’s problems on Earth, and will be able to assist in colonizing space in the future. This article delves into the history of the ISS.
During 2,5 minutes of flight Firefly obtained a substantial amount of flight data that will be utilized to improve the design of future Alpha launch vehicles, including the second flight vehicle, which is currently being integrated for flight at their Briggs, Texas manufacturing and test facility.
Firefly Aerospace conducted the first flight test of our Alpha vehicle on Sept 2, 2021. Although the vehicle didn’t make orbit, the day marked a major advancement for the team. Firefly demonstrated that they “arrived” as a company capable of building and launching rockets.
Many generations of scientists and science fiction writers have taken for granted that one day humanity will be engaged in the conquest of deep space. But is that technologically feasible? And, if so, is there any practical point for humanity to leave their home and venture into the depths of space?
Science fiction has often tackled the topic of space colonization – living on settlements outside our own planet, on asteroids, floating space colonies, or other, more esoteric places. But is that realistic and will people be able to colonize space in the near future?
“From 1969 to 1972, astronauts from the U.S. National Air and Space Administration (NASA), responsible for space research, landed on our planet’s natural satellite five more times. Thanks to NASA’s new Artemis program, humans may soon once more walk on the lunar surface.”
Firefly Aerospace announced the successful static fire tests of the first stage of its Alpha rocket. The static burn lasted for the planned 15 seconds. The team is preparing for the first launch, tentatively scheduled for September 2.