October 11, 2018 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, has announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with York Space Systems for the development of integrated launch services and spacecraft mission solutions.
“Firefly is pleased to enter into an MOU with York to formulate an integrated market offering that includes spacecraft, launch, and downlink provider, which will provide customers with a single point of entry to build space-based businesses,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “We are excited to work closely with York to continue lowering the economic and schedule barriers to orbital access.”
Dirk Wallinger, York CEO, said, “The York S-CLASS spacecraft enables a broad range of configurable options for a multitude of space entrepreneurs and government customers for streamlined operations. Our commercial and government customers emphasize the need for integrated solutions that facilitate rapid deployment of spacecraft. This partnership with Firefly will give our customers another fantastic launch service option for rapid access to space.”
Les Kovacs, Firefly Vice President of Business Development, added that, “The performance of the Firefly Alpha allows for deployment of up to four York S-CLASS satellites in a single launch. Alpha’s industry leading small satellite launch vehicle performance will enable Firefly to provide York’s expanding customer base pre-configured launch solutions to greatly reduce historically long launch campaign timelines. We look forward to executing many successful missions together.”
York Space Systems specializes in both end-to-end customer solutions and the manufacture of spacecraft platforms in Denver, Colorado.