Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S. September 2, 2021. Everything looked good for the first 2.5 minutes of the flight. But the two-stage, 29 meters Alpha then suffered a fatal problem, exploding in a dramatic fireball high in the California sky. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S. September 2, 2021. Firefly's Alpha rocket launched on the company's first-ever orbital test flight. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S. September 2, 2021. Firefly Aerospace came up short in its first attempt to reach the final frontier. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffered a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S. September 2, 2021. Alpha carried about 203 pounds (92 kilograms) of payload on tonight's flight, which Firefly called DREAM (short for "Dedicated Research and Education Accelerator Mission"). REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket lifts minutes before suffering a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S. September 2, 2021. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket lifts minutes before suffering a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S. September 2, 2021. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins