VCLS Demo-2FB (ELaNa 43)

VCLS Demo-2FB (ELaNa 43)

Alpha JUNE TBD 2024

Firefly was selected by NASA to provide launches services as part of our Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 (VCLS Demo 2) contract. These launches can tolerate a higher level of risk than larger missions, and they help demonstrate the capabilities of launch vehicles like Alpha that support a new launch class and provide more access to space for small satellites and spacecraft.

Last updated: May 10, 2024

Launch Information

Launch Information

Launch Vehicle Details

Mission NameVCLS Demo-2FB (ELaNa 43)
Launch SiteSLC-2W, Vandenberg SFB, California, United States
Launch VehicleAlpha
AgencyFirefly Aerospace
Launch DateJUNE TBD 2024
CatSat is a 6U CubeSat being built and tested by University of Arizona students, faculty, and staff. The satellite will launch atop a Firefly Alpha rocket into a nearly sun-synchronous orbit around the Earth. Thanks to some trickery on behalf of orbital mechanics, this peculiar orbit ensures that the satellite will constantly remain in daylight, maximizing the capabilities of the mission.

Launch Vehicle - Alpha

Height29 m (95 ft)
Diameter1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Mass54000 Kg (119000 lb)
Stages2
Payload To LEO1030 Kg (2270 lb)
Payload To SSO630 Kg (1390 lb)
Fairing Diameter2.2 m 7.2 ft
Thrust736 kN
Sun Synchronous Capacity630 Kg
PropellantRP-1 / LOX
Propellant FeedTurbopump
Engine2