After Firefly’s failed stint, Markusic got support from entrepreneur Max Polyakov.
Max Polyakov felt the need to restore Firefly Aerospace and even help it through its first 2 launches. Max and Tom were able to determine how much money was needed to accomplish this, which turned out to be US$75-US$100 million. Now that Polyakov was on board, along with his pocketbook, Markusic didn’t have to focus on raising funds. This left him to pay attention to the technical challenges of the project.
Besides funding the company, Max Polyakov also helped Firefly Aerospace with his flair for business deals. After analyzing the market and the rivalry among launchers, Max felt that the initial payload capacity of Alpha which was around 400 kg was little for the requirements of small satellites.