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Firefly Aerospace uses rocket engine to light birthday candles

01.07.2020
Let’s light that candle! The folks at Firefly Aerospace took a brief break from rocket development recently to fire up an engine in honor of co-founder Max Polyakov, who turned 43 years old Tuesday, June 30.

The Lightning upper stage engine, in true celebratory form, was used to light candles on a large birthday cake as high-speed cameras rolled, according to a new video. The other planned use for the engine will be to help launch small satellites to orbit cheaply, using Firefly’s Alpha rocket.

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