Firefly Aerospace has announced the names of 26 academic and educational payloads as rideshare participants on the inaugural flight of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle of the Dedicated Research and Education Accelerator Mission (DREAM), the company said.
The DREAM payloads represent 7 countries who will fly on Alpha´s maiden voyage to support and stimulate STEM.
The payloads are broken down into two categories, nontechnical and technical. Nontechnical payloads include children´s artwork, messages from children in pediatric hospitals and photographs of previous space missions. Technical payloads range from 3U to 27U satellites supplied by prominent universities and nonprofits from around the globe.
Firefly´s launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to six metric tons of payload at the lowest cost/kg in the small-to-medium lift class. Combined with Firefly´s in-space vehicles, such as the Orbital Transfer Vehicle and Genesis Lunar Lander, Firefly provides the space industry with a one-stop shop for missions from LEO to the surface of the Moon.