Rocket Report: Demo-2 launch this spring, concerns about Firefly’s backer

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Welcome to Edition 2.32 of the Rocket Report! We’re building toward a big weekend in launch from the East Coast, with both an Antares rocket from Wallops and a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral on the docket. In the meantime, enjoy a smorgasbord of news about topics both controversial and crowning.

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Questions raised about Firefly’s backer. In an investigative piece, Snopes digs into the association between the rocket company’s financial backer, Max Polyakov, and a series of deceptive dating sites. After Firefly nearly died in 2016, Polyakov stepped forward with an estimated $75 to $100 million, allowing the company to rehire former employees and expand operations. The company’s first launch is expected during the second quarter of this year.

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