The acquisition of Spaceflight Inc. by Firefly Aerospace 2023

Firefly Aerospace has announced the acquisition of Spaceflight Inc. in order to strengthen its on-orbit solutions and service the entire satellite and spacecraft lifecycle for its customers.

The acquisition strengthens Firefly’s portfolio of low-cost space transportation services, which includes responsive launch and in-space mobility, on-orbit hosting and servicing, and lunar delivery operations. However, the circumstances of the transaction were not disclosed in the announcement.

Spaceflight, Inc. is now a part of Firefly Aerospace.

Flight-proven orbital vehicles from Spaceflight provide payload delivery, hosting, and transfer services. Additionally, the company has supported the launch of over 460 payloads into space.

“This acquisition is the result of Firefly’s business plan to strengthen the company through organic growth in addition to accelerating its capabilities with strategic acquisitions,” said Bill Weber, CEO of Firefly Aerospace. “The combination of Spaceflight’s on-orbit experience with Firefly’s launch vehicles, Blue Ghost landers, and Space Utility Vehicles is an overnight game-changer for our customers and investors.”

Spaceflight augments Firefly’s vertically integrated product line, which includes launch, lunar, and in-space vehicles, with additional capabilities. Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle is presently manifested with the U.S. Space Force, NASA, and other commercial customers through 2023, while the company concurrently constructs a new medium launch vehicle with Northrop Grumman.

In addition, Firefly’s Blue Ghost lunar spacecraft is scheduled to conclude the first of two missions to the Moon with NASA as the primary customer in 2019. Similarly, Firefly’s Space Utility Vehicle has a mission to demonstrate its on-orbit capabilities in early 2019.

“With a high market demand for our on-orbit services and rapid response missions, this acquisition uniquely positions Firefly to respond immediately to our customers’ needs,” Weber explained.

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