Thursday, July 18, 2024

Firefly targeting Wednesday night for Alpha 5 launch

Firefly Aerospace will try for the third night in a row to launch its Alpha rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Called “Noise of Summer,” the Alpha Flight 5 mission for NASA will deploy eight payloads.

The launch was originally planned for Monday night but was aborted seconds before liftoff and a second attempt Tuesday was called.

The rocket is now set to liftoff at 9:04 p.m. from SLC-2 at Vandenberg, according to the aerospace company.

Firefly reports the mission was a “rapid launch operation,” with crews transporting the payload fairing to the pad and mating it to the rocket within 14 hours of Monday’s scheduled liftoff time. The process for a typical operation is usually done in weeks, according to Firefly.

A livestream of the launch will begin about 30 minutes before liftoff.

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