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Firefly Welcomes ULA Veteran as New Vice President

14 Jun 2018, 15:38 UTC
Firefly Welcomes ULA Veteran as New Vice President
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CEDAR PARK, Texas, June 13, 2018 (Firefly Aerospace PR) — Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today that Leslie Kovacs has joined Firefly as Vice President of Business Development. Kovacs has over 30 years of space launch industry experience, most recently at United Launch Alliance (ULA) as Director of Executive Branch affairs where he helped shape federal policy and acquisition approaches for the $57B Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. Kovacs will be based in Firefly’s Washington D.C. office.
“Les adds an extraordinary depth of experience to our team,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “He has hands-on launch experience working as an Air Force Space Operations Officer and as an operations manager for Orbital Science’s X-34 and Antares vehicles. Combined with his extensive experience working with the White House, NASA and the Departments of Commerce and Defense, Les brings capabilities and knowledge of Washington executive branch, regulation and procurement affairs to Firefly that are key to supporting our global business development strategy.”

Additional notable accomplishments in Kovacs’ career include acting as a launch controller at Cape Canaveral, developing architectures for Lunar and Martian surface habitation, leading concept ...

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