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Watching Firefly’s next attempt to launch tonight

Firefly will try again to complete the first successful launch of its Alpha rocket tonight from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Last night they attempted twice to launch, the first aborting about 4 minutes before launch, the second aborting at T-0, with the first stage engine’s actually igniting and then shutting down.

I have embedded the live stream below. The launch window opens at 12:01 am (Pacific) and lasts two hours, giving them time for at least two launch attempts, should an abort occur on the first attempt.


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2 comments

  • t-dub

    They are popping the champagne corks at Firefly! Very nice launch, good camera views of stage and fairing separations. You could clearly see the booster being pushed back by the second stage. Enjoyable to watch, I wish them well.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Good to see them finally get it up there.

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