Astra Announces Launch for NASA from Cape Canaveral in January
Astra Space, Inc. ("Astra") today (Dec. 6) announced that it plans to deploy its first satellite in orbit for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in January 2022. The launch from Cape Canaveral will be conducted out of Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46) and will be Astra's first launch out of Cape Canaveral.
Above: Space Launch Complex-46 in Cape Canaveral. (John Kraus/Astra Space)
"This historic launch site has been prepared for a new commercial launch partner in less than year, which is a tremendous milestone for our combined team, and illustrates how SLD 45 sets the pace for access to space." said Brigadier General Stephen Purdy, Commander of Space Launch Delta 45 and Director of the Eastern Range. "SLD 45, Space Florida, and Astra have moved at a rapid speed to demonstrate critical and responsive launch capabilities. We are excited to welcome Astra to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station."
Astra and Space Launch Delta 45, a part of the United States Space Force, enabled Astra to launch out of Cape Canaveral in record time – shortening the multi-year approval time to months.
"Launching out of the Cape allows us to serve customers with mid-inclination delivery needs, broadening our market," said Martin Attiq, Chief Business Officer at Astra. "This is an additional step in our global spaceport strategy and positions us to serve the broad low earth orbit (LEO) market."
Astra's launch will be livestreamed in partnership with NASASpaceFlight. Updates will be shared on Astra's Twitter feed, @astra.
Astra's mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch service of any operational launch provider in the world. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. Astra was the first space launch company to be publicly traded on Nasdaq. Visit astra.com to learn more about Astra.