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Firefly Aerospace Inc. (“Firefly”), headquartered in Austin, TX, is committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture and operation of reliable launch vehicles. The Firefly team addresses the market's need for flexible access to space with a “simplest/soonest” approach to technology selection. Firefly launch vehicles embody the insights of a diverse design team and leverage commercial off–the–shelf (COTS) components, manufactured by suppliers across the United States, to reduce risk, maximize reliability and minimize development time.
Autodesk’s tools are enabling KETIV Customer, Firefly, to reach one of their goals: being first to market in order to remain competitive. The newest story highlights Firefly’s success with the Autodesk toolset including showcasing their first rocket, Alpha, which was designed in Autodesk Inventor. Firefly’s usage of Autodesk Vault helps ensure they aren’t duplicating work by only allowing one person to edit a model at a time to help them with their race to launch.
For the past few years, KETIV has worked with Firefly to implement the very best software for accomplishing their goals and objectives. Currently, Firefly is performing CAD and mechanical designs through Autodesk’s Product Design Collection. This software provides the tools to quickly and collectively perfect their rocket designs – ultimately moving the design and production process forward, nearing inevitable space flight.
Markusic attributes a portion of Firefly’s success to Autodesk and KETIV. While announcing that Firefly will join Autodesk Cleantech Partner Program (a program allowing the company to advance the next-generation of cleaner-building rockets), Markusic said KETIV’s services have been “incredibly supportive in getting us up and running quickly.”
Also check out Soul of the Machine which dives into the story behind Firefly’s successful history. From starting with a handful of engineers and growing to a team of over 160, it’s not surprising they are already making strides towards journeying into space. Through the unique combination of technologies and never-before-seen innovation, Firefly is on its way to revolutionizing the industry.