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Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the world to Astra.

For the past three years, we’ve been quietly building a space company unlike any other.  The team we’ve assembled consists of amazingly talented engineers, designers, fabricators and operators.

Our goal is to reshape how the space industry works, starting with how we get there. By offering smaller more frequent launches, Astra will enable a wave of innovation in low Earth orbit and improve life on our planet through greater connectivity and more regular observation.

Industry giants and a wave of new startups are racing to create trillions of dollars of new economic activity in space.  Last year alone, nearly $6 billion was invested into space companies, many of which intend to disrupt the industry.  What these innovators need are more flights taking their satellites precisely where they need to go.

We’re excited to reach this next critical stage as a company, and we’re confident in our vision for space. But, as we’ve all gleaned throughout our careers, space keeps you humble. Still, it’s the sense of possibility, the chance to innovate and make a difference here on Earth, that fuels our passion.

Astra Milestones

2016

October 2016

Incorporated Company

Astra was incorporated in Delaware. Chris Kemp and Adam London teamed up and hired Adam’s team as founding engineers, and set out on a mission to provide daily access to space.

2017

January 2017

Built Rocket Test Facility

Built Rocket Development and Test Facility in Alameda, CA by renovating a former jet engine test facility at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.  

2018

July 2018

Launched Rocket 1.0

Rocket 1.0 was launched successfully from Kodiak, Alaska.

November 2018

Launched Rocket 2.0

Rocket 2.0 was launched successfully from Kodiak, Alaska.  Though the flight was shorter than planned, we incorporated many learnings into Rocket 3.0.

2019

March 2019

Selected as Finalist in DARPA Launch Challenge

While still in stealth mode, we were selected as one of three finalists out of over 60 space companies to compete in the DARPA Launch Challenge.

July 2019

Built Rocket Factory

Completed first phase of our new 250,000 square foot headquarters and rocket factory in Alameda, expanding our 15 acre campus in Alameda.  

October 2019

Built Kodiak Spaceport

Completed construction of our first dedicated Astra Spaceport at the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska. 

2020

January 2020

Started Production of Rocket 3.0

Production of version 3.0 rockets started at our new rocket factory. 

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