Firefly Flight Test Ends In High-Altitude Explosion

Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket explodes after launch.
Credit: Matthew C. Hartman
VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, California—Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket exploded roughly 2 min. after liftoff on Sept. 2, ending a debut flight test some 10 years in the making. The 97.6-ft.-tall Alpha booster, powered by a quartet of liquid oxygen- and kerosene-fueled Reaver engines, lifted off...

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