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For the past four 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 $9 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

2020

December 2020

Launched Rocket 3.2

Launched Rocket 3.2, which made it to space and achieved orbital velocity.

September 2020

Launched Rocket 3.1

Completed our first orbital launch demonstration with Rocket 3.1 and gained valuable flight data.

March 2020

Competed in the DARPA Launch Challenge

As the last remaining finalist for the DARPA Launch Challenge, we completed build of our first Rocket 3 variant and activated our Kodiak, Alaska launch site.

2019

October 2019

Built Kodiak Spaceport

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

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.  

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.

2018

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.

July 2018

Launched Rocket 1.0

Rocket 1.0 was launched successfully from Kodiak, Alaska.

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.  

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.

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