California Firefly rockets to 200 acres in Burnet CountyCalifornia Firefly rockets to 200 acres in Burnet Countyhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=30212014-09-18T06:50:00Z2014-09-18T06:50:00Z

BRIGGS, BURNET COUNTY - A California-based rocket company has purchased 200 acres in far north Burnet County, near the unincorporated area of Briggs.

Firefly Space Systems purchased the land, which is located off US Hwy. 183, near the intersection of CR 210. The company is expected to break ground in the coming weeks on a 75×100-ft. building and a test pad at the site.

Firefly is a private company that specializes in customized small rocket technology primarily used to launch small satellites into space.

According to their website, www.fireflyspace.com, the company touts the “rise of the boutique rocket firms” inspired by SpaceX in McGregor near Waco.

Firefly will test small rocket engines at the Briggs location. PJ King, the company's chief operating officer, expects to hire up to 200 workers, mostly engineers.

"These are all high-paying jobs," he said.

King said Firefly was attracted to Texas partly because of its business and regulatory climate. It will also develop its rocket engines in collaboration with the University of Texas.

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