T+181: Falcon 9 Fleet, ABL in the UK, Firefly to the Moon
SpaceX broke their turnaround record and is racking up quite the flight history across their Falcon fleet. Lockheed selected ABL for a launch from the Shetland Islands. Firefly shook up their board, is looking for new investment, and won a CLPS contract from NASA.
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* Gwynne Shotwell talks about selling flight-proven rockets, Starship | Ars Technica
* SpaceX fires 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit, with more set to launch Friday – Spaceflight Now
* Lockheed Martin selects ABL Space Systems for UK launch - SpaceNews
* Episode T+169: Commercial Small Launcher Updates - Main Engine Cut Off
* Main Engine Cut Off on Twitter: “Something is up at @Firefly_Space, though. Max Polyakov and Mark Watt have been removed from Firefly’s about page within the last month or two. Here it is on the Wayback Machine from October…”
* On eve of first launch, Firefly revamps board of directors, may go public | Ars Technica
* Firefly Aerospace seeking to raise $350 million - SpaceNews
* NASA Selects Firefly Aerospace for Artemis Commercial Moon Delivery | NASA
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