Texas-based company Firefly Aerospace launched FLTA003, the third flight of its Alpha launch vehicle, at 7:27 p.m. Thursday, as part of a mission for the U.S. Space Force, according to OnScene TV.

The mission, known as VICTUS NOX, which translates to ”conquer the night” in Latin, was a demonstration of the U.S. ability to quickly place a satellite in orbit in response to a national security threat, the video news service said.

Firefly was awarded the mission in October 2022 under the Orbital Services Program 4 contract.

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