Rocket 3.3 Launch Vehicle operated by Astra Space, Inc. USA
Astra Space is an aerospace company developing and operating small launch vehicles providing launch services for SmallSats operators. The company is privately-funded and has over 50 launches under contract from NASA, U.S. Air Force, DARPA, Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army. Astra will start delivering customer payloads up to 500kg to up to 500km into low Earth orbit (LEO) in 2022.
The company had been operating in stealth mode and often referred to as ‘Stealth Space Company’, developing and testing its launch vehicles.
Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra offers the one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch service of any operational launch provider in the world. Astra completed its first commercial orbital launch in November 2021, making it one of the fastest U.S. company in history to reach this milestone.
Astra is based in Alameda, California, USA and was incorporated in Delaware in October 2016 by Chris C. Kemp and Adam London. The company uses two launch sites, Alaska Spaceport on Kodiak Island Alaska, operated by Alaska Aerospace, Corp, and the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida, USA.