Contract accelerates rapid and responsive launch for Department of Defense
Alameda, CA. August 9, 2021. Astra Space, Inc. (“Astra”) (Nasdaq: ASTR), today announced the award of the Orbital Services Program (OSP)-4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) of the Space Force.
OSP-4 allows for the rapid acquisition of launch services to meet mission requirements for payloads greater than 400 pounds, enabling launch to any orbit within 12-24 months from task order award. Astra’s inclusion in this contract preserves, stimulates and enhances the small launch industrial base and yields the Space Force a more diverse vendor pool in support of the nation’s defense.
“We need this IDIQ contract to continue to introduce speed, agility, and flexibility into the launch enterprise and continue to cultivate a resilient and affordable launch market.” said Lt. Col. Justin Beltz, chief of Launch Enterprise’s Small Launch and Targets division.
“It is an honor to serve the United States by building a more resilient space program,” said Martin Attiq, Chief Business Officer of Astra. “This new contract simplifies the process to make responsive launch a critical and credible capability for our nation.”
The Space Force expects to procure from Astra and the other providers under this contract approximately 20 missions in total, over the nine-year ordering period.
Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra’s first flight to space was within 4 years of its inception, making it the fastest company to reach space. Visit www.astra.com to learn more about Astra.
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