Eight CubeSats Lift Off for NASA on Firefly Aerospace Rocket 

by | Jul 8, 2024

Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket leaves a glowing trail above the skies of Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on July 3, 2024. (Photo credit: Firefly Aerospace/Trevor Mahlmann)

As part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, Firefly Aerospace launched eight small satellites on July 3, 2024, aboard the company’s Alpha rocket. Named “Noise of Summer,” the rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 

The CubeSat missions were designed by universities and NASA centers and cover science that includes climate studies, satellite technology development and educational outreach to students. 

Firefly Aerospace completed its Venture-Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 contract with this launch. The agency’s venture-class contracts offer launch opportunities for new providers, helping grow the commercial launch industry and leading to cost-effective competition for future NASA missions. 

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative provides a low-cost way for universities, non-profits, science centers, and other researchers to conduct science and technology demonstrations in space. 

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Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket leaves a glowing trail above the skies of Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on July 3, 2024. (Photo credit: Firefly Aerospace/Trevor Mahlmann) 

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