• 23.07.2019
  • Launcher Structures & Separation systems, Launcher Fairings & Structures, Adapters & Separation Systems
  • Media release

RUAG Space signs long-term purchase agreement with Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace, Inc., an Austin, Texas based space launch provider that develops small and medium-sized launch vehicles for commercial launches to orbit, and RUAG Space, a leading independent product supplier for spacecraft, electronics and launchers, have signed a Long-term Purchase Agreement for Separation Systems....

This new contract creates a supplier agreement for Firefly launch vehicles. This long-term contract is for multiple launches using a RUAG Space separation system (payload adapter) from RUAG Space in Linköping, Sweden. In addition, both parties recognize future business prospects based on Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle.

“RUAG is the acknowledged leader in flight heritage separation systems,” said Dr. Tom Markusic, CEO of Firefly Aerospace. “Our agreement with RUAG provides our customers the highest level of assurance that their spacecraft missions will be successful.”

“RUAG Space has been expanding its business in the small launcher market in recent years and this new partnership with Firefly seeks to extend that impact in this market,” said Peter Guggenbach, CEO of RUAG Space. “This market segment is on the rise, and with our proven payload adapter systems and flexible product range, we have a lot to offer our customers.”

RUAG Space is the world leader for payload adapters and separation systems used on commercial launch vehicles. RUAG separation systems ensure that the satellite and rocket remain securely attached to one another during the tough journey into space, and then deliver the valuable payloads into orbit with precision. Over 600 separations have been carried out in orbit using RUAG systems, with a 100 percent success rate.

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Firefly is developing a family of launch and in-space vehicles and services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability. Firefly’s launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to four metric tons of payload at the lowest cost/kg in the small-lift class. Combined with Firefly’s in-space vehicles, such as the Orbital Transfer Vehicle and Genesis Lander, Firefly provides the space industry with a one-stop shop for missions to the surface of the Moon or beyond. Headquartered in Cedar Park TX, Firefly has additional presence in Washington, D.C., Dnipro, Ukraine and Tokyo, Japan. Firefly is financed by Noosphere Ventures of Menlo Park, CA.
Firefly Contact
Eric Salwan

RUAG Space is the leading supplier to the space industry in Europe, with a growing presence in the United States. With more than 1,300 staff across six countries, it develops and manufactures products for satellites and launch vehicles – playing a key role both in the institutional and commercial space market. RUAG Space is a division of the international technology Group RUAG. RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defense for use on land, in the air and in space. RUAG generates sales of approximately CHF 1.96 billion and has over 9,200 employees – 400 of whom are trainees. Visit www.ruag.com/space.
Video about the product portfolio of RUAG Space: https://youtu.be/qNbSjUdlXxQ

Image and Caption:

Firefly Aerospace and RUAG Space have signed a long-term agreement for RUAG Space separation systems. RUAG Space presented a scaled down 3D printed model of their PAS 937S to Firefly at the signing process. (photo courtesy of Firefly)

From L-R:
Magnus Engström, RUAG Space, Manager, Mechanical Marketing and Sales
Eric Salwan, Director of Commercial Business Development
Sarah Hinze, Deputy Project Manager for Alpha
(left signing contract) Christophe Bauer, RUAG Space, Director, Marketing and Sales, Product Group Launchers
Nate Woodford, Corporate Counsel
John Courter, Director of Structures
(right signing contract) Tom Markusic, CEO
Roderic Vanderscoff, Special Projects Engineer

For more information, please contact:

Carrie Rice, Director of Communications, RUAG Space USA / carrie.rice@ruag.com
Mobile: +1 256 583-5563
Christian Thalmayr, ad interim Vice President Communications, RUAG Space christian.thalmayr@ruag.com
Main: +43 1 80199-2165