Firefly Aerospace conducted the first successful orbital launch of the Alpha missile

Firefly Aerospace conducted the first successful orbital launch of the Alpha missile

A private aerospace company, Firefly Aerospace, conducted the first successful orbital launch of its Alpha launcher, which is designed for the delivery of small satellites into outer space.The mission Alpha Flight 2: To The Black, which launched a 29-metre-long rocket from the U.S. base of Vandenberg, began at 03:01 local time on 1 October.

According to the mission's name, this attempt by Firefly Aerospace to launch an orbital launch was the second, and during the first test launch last September, one of the Reaver engines used in the first stage of the launch ceased to function shortly after the launch and the Alpha exploded at the third minute of flight.

This time, the launch went smoothly and Alpha was able to climb into the California sky, and at the third minute of the flight, a first-stage separation took place. The upper stage entered a transitional elliptical orbit about five minutes after that. It took less than an hour for the host to reach a low-Earth orbit about 300 km high.

All three miniaturized satellites that were on board Alpha as part of the current mission were successfully deployed in orbit, one of which, called Serenity, was created by a non-profit organization, Teachers in Space. It is designed to collect different data, which will then be transmitted to the scientific community.

The second satellite, TechEdSat-15, in conjunction with the State University of San José in California, is equipped with a deployable exospheric braking device designed to de-orbit the satellite and will also be used to optimize the transfer of data from a miniaturic satellite to Earth.

The third satellite, called PicoBus, was developed by Libre Space, a non-profit organization, carrying five tiny picocoats designed to conduct various experiments, including a demonstration of the pulse-plasmic engine system, communication experiments and remote sensing technology testing.