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Firefly Aerospace uses a rocket engine to light birthday candles in the epic video of the cake



Let’s light that candle! People a Firefly Aerospace took a short break from developing a rocket recently to start an engine in honor of co-founder Max Polyakov, who turned 43 on Tuesday (June 30).

The Reaver rocket engine, in true celebratory form, was used to light candles on a large birthday cake as high-speed cameras rolled around, according to a new video. (The other intended use for the engine will be to launch small satellites to orbit at low cost, using Firefly Alpha rocket.)

“Anyone who is getting older understands that one of the most difficult problems is figuring out how to light all those damned candles on the cake,” said the other Firefly co-founder, Tom Markusic, in the video, that the company released on Twitter and YouTube. In the video, Markusic wore a multicolored birthday hat and a “Texas Rocket Science” T-shirt, a nod to Firefly’s headquarters in Cedar Park, north of Austin.

Firefly Aerospace used a Reaver rocket engine to light candles on a birthday cake to celebrate co-founder and investor Max Polyakov’s 43rd birthday in a June 30, 2020 video. (Credit image: Firefly Aerospace)

The video showed Markusic unsuccessfully attempting to light the birthday candles alone. “They melt. They burn you. It’s actually quite a difficult problem,” he said. “To solve the problem, we came up with a rather unique solution to light all the candles at once.”




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