Listen: Firefly Wants to Send Your Stuff into Orbit
"The business wars daily is brought to you by Staples work is changing, but Staples is changing right along with it. The new Staples delivers solutions to help your team be more connected productive, and inspired. Learn more at Staples dot com slash change. From one I'm David Brown. And this is business wars daily on this Thursday, June twenty seven do you have a research project piece of artwork or an invention that you'd like to send up into space? Sounds crazy, right? Wrong firefly aerospace is offering just that an opportunity to put your project into orbit around the end of this year. The Texas based company develops rockets intended to launch small satellites into space and help publicize its mission to make space accessible to everyone firefly will accept payloads ranging from children's art work to university experiments to inventions by space entrepreneurs for free the cargo will go into orbit on alpha the company's first small satellite launch vehicle think of alpha like a taxi into space, but a taxi that carries cargo not people firefly has reserved some of alpha unused space for your payload. Owed the companies taking applications on its website through the end of June, the free payloads are part of the company's dream program that's an acronym for dedicated research and education, accelerator mission company, founder Tom are Kucic is a former NASA and SpaceX engineer, he says he's always wanted to boost interest in the stem fields that science technology engineering and math. The dream program is his manifestation of that desire, the quest for space travel inspire stem interests, like no other endeavor. The company says, alpha has been a long time in the making unlike other startup space companies like SpaceX and Jeff Bezos blue origin, firefly CEO didn't make a fortune elsewhere before starting his company in two thousand fourteen he kept it funded with small amounts from venture capitalists until twenty sixteen when a combination of financial and legal problems Sankt, the company it filed for bankruptcy and competitors. Left it for dead in two thousand seventeen it's assets were. Sold, but six months later, a new investor came along and Markku sick was able to restructure and start inventing again, last November, NASA awarded contracts in nine companies that allow them to bid on delivering payloads to the moon over the next decade. And even though firefly has yet to launch its first rocket it received one of those lunar landing contracts. But the part of the space industry that firefly occupies, crowded, the company faces several rivals, including SpaceX, virgin rocket and rocket lab. Remember your first day of college when you were told to look left and right at your fellow freshman and warned that in a year or two. One of you would be gone. Well, same here experts, including the vendors themselves believe the industry is right for a shakeout firefly's dream payload program is out Ristic and good publicity, along with affordability the ultimate test for firefly. We'll be how it performs when it zooms off its pad this. Winter and how well it's many rivals do as they race into space. Brown won re this business wars daily, if you like dreaming of the near impossible with us. Let us know small step for you giant leap for business workday gives a five star rating on apple podcast, Google podcast, Itcher, or your favorite listing, thanks so much. I'm David Brown Ables tomorrow. Business wars. Daily is brought to you by Staples. The world of work is changing faster than ever before a week ago open floor plans were in. Now, they're out the pace of our evolving work lives can feel overwhelming. But Staples can help not the old stables, but a new Staples that delivers solutions to help your team be more connected productive, and inspired work may be constantly changing. But Staples is changing right along with it to support you. Learn more at Staples dot com slash change."