Firefly Aerospace, Inc. Announces the Participants of the D.R.E.A.M. Payload Competition


(Cedar Park, TX) S.T.E.M. is an acronym that means science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  However, it is more than an acronym.  In fact, it is a reference about the academic disciplines.  From this point, S.T.E.M. is used to talk about educational policy, and, curriculum.  In other words, S.T.E.M. is also how choice about schools, is talked about.  The latter, is due to the argument that, it impacts the following areas of society.  Workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy are three; of the most commonly cited examples of the impact on society.  Recently, Firefly Aerospace, Inc. announced that, it wishes to stimulate S.T.E.M. on a global basis.  Specifically, the aforementioned business revealed that, the D.R.E.A.M. payload competition has been concluded.  Additionally, the participants have been selected.  These selected participants, will rideshare payloads aboard the inaugural flight, of the Firefly Alpha Launch Vehicle. 
            The inaugural flight of the Firefly Alpha Launch Vehicle, which now includes payloads from the D.R.E.A.M. participants, is a rideshare mission.  The first set of payloads, is standard commercial payloads.  The second set of payloads, is from the official D.R.E.A.M. participants.  Additionally, it is also made up of two areas; academic and educational.  In turn and subsequently, this second set or type of payloads is divided into two categories; non-technical, and, technical.  However and returning to, S.T.E.M., the aforementioned acronym does say something specific about science.  To start, the something specific is about two major branches of science.  Regrettably; social sciences, psychology, sociology and political science are under the humanities and arts academic disciplines.  The latter is according to the S.T.E.M. concept, and, the acronym H.A.S.S. is used.  H.A.S.S. means humanities, arts and social sciences.  The two major branches of science are natural sciences, and, formal sciences.  Natural science is made up of the academic disciplines biology, physics and chemistry.  Meanwhile; formal science is made up of the academic disciplines mathematics, logic and statistics. 
            Returning to; the D.R.E.A.M. participants, the aforementioned and in total, are 26 people and organizations.  Additionally, these 26 people and organizations represent 7 foreign countries.  As previously said, the participants were selected based on the fact that, they competed in the D.R.E.A.M. competition.  The latter, is an acronym that means dedicated research and education accelerator mission.  Additionally, it is how Firefly Aerospace, Inc. hopes to stimulate S.T.E.M., on a global basis.  Overall, the non-technical participants will be ridesharing the following types of payloads; children’s artwork, messages from children in pediatric hospitals and photographs of previous space missions.  The technical participants will be ridesharing the following types of payloads; a range of satellites between the categories 3U and 27U. 

Non-technical D.R.E.A.M. Participants: 
  • Anderson High School Robotics Program.
  • Animal Packers.
  • Astro Grams.
  • Audrey’s Space Dream.
  • Bob Hope Elementary at Southwest ISD.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.
  • Brady Nilsson.
  • Brian Lunos.
  • CD-SEAS Mission Microgravity.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Spaceflight Sciences Policy and Operation Club.
  • Izumiya-Hotaru Photographs for Education and Environments.
  • Liam Fjellstedt.
  • Life Ship.
  • Madison West Rocket Club.
  • Morija Girls Rocket Program.
  • N.A.E.T. Art Flight.
  • Noosphere Art Challenge.
  • St. Paul Elementary School.
  • Think Beyond.

Technical D.R.E.A.M. Participants: 
  • Fossa Systems.
  • Hawaii Science and Technology Museum.
  • Purdue University.
  • Teachers in Space, Inc.
  • United States Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, The Naval Postgraduate School, Houston Mechatronics, Inc., Aerovironment, Inc. and AT&T.
  • University of Cambridge.
  • University of Southern California, Space Engineering Research Center.

            To end, Firefly Aerospace, Inc. did release press statements.  Shea Ferring is the Vice President of Mission Assurance at Firefly Aerospace, Inc.  Through a press statement, Ms./Mrs. Ferring said the following.  “In 1993 I was on the ASUSat-1 team and we were given the opportunity to launch our first satellite on a donated rideshare slot to LEO.  That program propelled so many of us into the aerospace industry and it is now great to give back with a similar opportunity to multiple university programs.  We look forward to providing similar opportunities on future missions to support and encourage STEM students that their dreams do come true.”  Dr. Tom Markusic is the Chief Executive Officer of Firefly Aerospace, Inc.  Through a press statement, Dr. Markusic said the following.  “We are honored to have received so many outstanding submissions that promote STEM globally.  From an all girl’s STEM rocket program in Lesotho to leading edge technology demos from distinguished universities, the DREAM payloads embody Firefly’s ethos of ‘Making Space for Everyone.’ ”  As previously stated, Firefly Aerospace, Inc. recently announced that, it wishes to stimulate S.T.E.M. on a global basis.  Specifically, the aforementioned business revealed that, the D.R.E.A.M. payload competition has been concluded.  Additionally, the participants have been selected.  Lastly; these selected participants, will rideshare payloads aboard the inaugural flight, of the Firefly Alpha Launch Vehicle. 

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11/22/2019

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