CEDAR PARK, Texas – (BUSINESS SON) – Firefly Aerospace Inc., a leading provider of economical and reliable launch vehicles, spacecraft and space services, announced today that it has awarded a contract to SpaceX to launch its lunar landing Blue Ghost in 2023. Blue Ghost will be carrying 10 payloads for the mission task 19D of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), in addition to separately contracted commercial payloads.
Shea Ferring, Firefly Chief Vice President of Spacecraft, said, “Firefly is excited to fly our Blue Ghost spacecraft aboard the highly reliable Falcon 9, which will deliver NASA instruments and ie technological demonstration payloads that support NASA science goals and NASA’s Artemis program. .The high performance of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher allows lunar traffic with minimal propulsion resources from Blue Ghost, thus allowing the landing to deliver more than 150 kg of payload to the lunar surface. ”
Firefly received the CLPS 19D task command from NASA in February 2021 and has since made rapid progress on the Blue Ghost program. The team has key long lead objects in terms of ordering, production, and performs regular visual navigation test flights at the one-acre Briggs, Texas lunar landscape.
“The Blue Ghost mission will include the delivery of NASA payloads that will support scientific lunar research and contribute to developing a sustainable presence on the Moon as part of the Artemis program,” said Tom Ochinero, vice president of SpaceX. “We honor Lightning selected Falcon 9 for launch.”
Tom Markusic, CEO of Firefly, said that “Firefly is excited to improve the performance and reliability of Falcon 9 to propel Blue Ghost during the first phase of its journey to the Moon.”
Blue Ghost (named after the rare Phausis reticulata lightning) will land at Mare Crisium in the Moon’s Crisium basin and operate inboard payloads through lunar traffic, during lunar orbit, and on the lunar surface for a full lunar day (about 14 Earth days) and well into the icy lunar darkness . night.
Opportunities are open for early career and experienced professionals to work on Firefly’s lunar landing, launch vehicles and various space-related projects.
About Fire Aerospace
Firefly is developing a family of launch and space vehicles and services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability. Firefly’s launch vehicles use common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to ten tons of payload at the lowest cost per kg in the small launch class. Combined with Firefly’s space vehicles, such as the Space Utility Vehicle and Blue Ghost Lunar Lander, Firefly provides the space industry with a single source for LEO missions to the surface of the Moon or beyond. Lightning has its headquarters in Cedar Park, TX.