Firefly Aerospace Launches Partnership to Build & Launch Rockets on the Space Coast

Bill Jelen

February 22, 2019

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited the Space Coast today to announce an agreement with Firefly Aerospace. The company plans to build a 180,000 square foot manufacturing plant at Exploration Park. They plan on launching one of their Firefly rockets from an existing pad Launch Complex 20 North by the end of 2021 and will develop a horizontal integration facility and new launch stand at Launch Complex 20.

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OSIRIS-REx Set For Bennu Orbital Insertion Today

At 2:43:55 PM EST today, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will begin orbiting asteroid Bennu. This will make Bennu, which is only about 1,600 feet across, the smallest object ever orbited by a spacecraft. Launched on September 8, 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived in the vicinity of Bennu on December 3, 2018.

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Falcon 9 launches CRS-16 to the ISS.

After Mouse Food Delay, Falcon 9 Launches CRS-16 Towards ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL: After a one-day delay to allow for more mouse food to arrive from California, the Falcon 9 lifted a Dragon capsule bearing the CRS-16 mission towards the ISS at 1:16 PM EST on December 5, 2018 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is NASA's sixth cargo mission to the ISS in 2018 and SpaceX's 20th launch in 2018.

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The Security Aspect of the OSIRIS-REx Mission

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft acronym stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer. "Security" means that scientists are trying to assess if asteroid Bennu is a threat to crash into the Earth during a series of close passes in the 2180-2250 time frame.

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A scale model of OSIRIS-REx, and a full size engineering mockup of the sample collection tool.

What's Next as OSIRIS-REx Approaches Asteroid Bennu

After travelling for over 23 months, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has begun an approach phase to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu. Here are key milestones between now and the December 31, 2018 orbital insertion around Bennu:

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