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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-04-2020 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astra release
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.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-02-2020 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astra release
Rocket 1 of 3, Launch Attempt 1

Today [March 2, 2020], Astra began countdown of the first orbital launch as the final remaining competitor in the DARPA launch challenge. Our team decided to hold the launch at T-53 seconds after a sensor reported unexpected data that could have impacted the success of the flight. Out of our commitment to safety, and to increase the probability of overall success of the three-launch campaign, we have decided to prioritize fully investigating the issue over attempting to win the DARPA challenge today.

We are incredibly grateful to our team who have worked many late nights and weekends for the past few months to prepare our launch system for our first launch. We would also like to thank the team at DARPA, the FAA, and the team at Pacific Spaceport Complex for making an orbital launch attempt possible within a few days.

We remain determined to reach orbit and plan to attempt another launch attempt as soon as possible. Thank you for the continued support as we move forward in our mission to observe, connect and improve life on earth.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-16-2020 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Astra (via Twitter):
We're back! Despite COVID-19, damage to our launch system, and on-going events affecting our country, the team has been impressively resilient and we've confirmed a launch window beginning July 20th out of Kodiak, Alaska!

Success for this flight means we accomplish enough to make orbit within three flights, which we have defined as at least achieving a nominal first stage burn.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-16-2020 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Astra (via Twitter):
Say hello to Rocket 3.1, our orbital launch vehicle that just passed its 2nd static hotfire test with flying colors. Having completed testing, Rocket 3.1 is now packed up and on its way to Kodiak, Alaska for our first orbital launch attempt!

We are narrowing and finalizing our launch window - we'll be announcing that window early next week!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-11-2020 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astra launched its first vehicle, Rocket 3.1, from Kodiak, Alaska, on Friday (Sept. 11), but suffered a failure on the way to orbit. From Astra (via Twitter):
Successful lift off and fly out, but the flight ended during the first stage burn. It does look like we got a good amount of nominal flight time. More updates to come!

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