Rocket Report: Firefly completes static fire, Blue Origin gets HLS stay

A rocket launches at night.

Enlarge / Arianespace launched a second satellite for the Pléiades Neo imaging constellation Monday on a Vega rocket. (credit: Arianespace)

Welcome to Edition 4.12 of the Rocket Report! This issue comes complete with some late-breaking news: Firefly has completed a static fire test of its Alpha rocket. This is a big moment and sets up the company’s very first launch attempt next month.

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Firefly completes static fire test. The Texas-based rocket company announced Thursday that it successfully completed a static fire test of its Alpha rocket the day before. This critical test paves the way for a launch attempt as early as September 2 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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