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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #840 on: 09/16/2022 09:46 pm »
https://twitter.com/astra/status/1570891015892144128

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #841 on: 09/17/2022 08:12 am »
Neat production optimisation: the hoop tank reinforcement elements are not individual hoops, but a perforated and stamped sheet curled into a tube. That would save a whole lot of part tracking & handling and alignment work!

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #842 on: 09/28/2022 08:25 pm »
https://astra.com/news/nasa-contractual-astra/

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NASA MAINTAINS LAUNCH CONTRACT WITH ASTRA
SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

Astra and NASA have agreed to modify the terms of our existing launch services agreement for NASA’s TROPICS mission to allow for the future launch of comparable scientific payloads on version 4.0 of Astra’s rocket. We are delighted to maintain our strong partnership and to have NASA as a launch customer on the next version of Astra’s rocket.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #843 on: 09/28/2022 08:53 pm »
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-maintains-contractual-relationship-with-astra-presses-forward-with-tropics-mission

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Sep 22, 2022

NASA Maintains Contractual Relationship with Astra, Presses Forward with TROPICS Mission

Recognizing the urgent science needs, NASA is adjusting its launch services plan to complete the timely launch of a CubeSat constellation designed to improve understanding of tropical cyclones.

The agency’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission launch service now will be competed under the agency’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) IDIQ contract targeting the 2023 hurricane season.

NASA and Astra also have agreed to modify its existing launch services contract, originally planned for the agency’s TROPICS constellation, for the launch of comparable scientific payloads on Astra’s Rocket 4.0 in the future.

NASA selected commercial partner Astra in 2021 to provide launch services for TROPICS across three launches using the company’s Rocket 3.3 launch vehicle. On June 12, 2022, after a nominal first-stage flight, the upper stage of Astra’s Rocket 3.3 shut down early and failed to deliver the first two TROPICS CubeSats to orbit. NASA currently is participating in the launch investigation, led by Astra and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Following the first TROPICS launch attempt, Astra and NASA engaged in discussions regarding the remaining launch attempts. Astra then notified NASA of its intent to discontinue its Rocket 3.3 and indicated the company would potentially not resume launches prior to the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. The VADR contract allows the 13 companies selected this year to compete for the rebid of the TROPICS launch services, giving the agency and external stakeholders the ability to use TROPICS data sooner.

TROPICS is an Earth venture mission – science-driven, competitively selected, low-cost missions that provide opportunity for investment in innovative Earth science to enhance our capability to better understand the current state of the Earth system and to enable continual improvement in the prediction of future changes. NASA is committed to helping grow the U.S. commercial launch market while enabling the agency’s science missions. The VADR contract allows NASA to nurture the emerging commercial market by awarding launch providers more risk-tolerant payloads such as TROPICS.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #844 on: 09/29/2022 12:29 am »




Following the first TROPICS launch attempt, Astra and NASA engaged in discussions regarding the remaining launch attempts. Astra then notified NASA of its intent to discontinue its Rocket 3.3 and indicated the company would potentially not resume launches prior to the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. The VADR contract allows the 13 companies selected this year to compete for the rebid of the TROPICS launch services, giving the agency and external stakeholders the ability to use TROPICS data sooner.


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Given NASA's need for these to launch in 2023 really needs to be on LV that is currently operational.


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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #845 on: 09/29/2022 07:32 am »




Following the first TROPICS launch attempt, Astra and NASA engaged in discussions regarding the remaining launch attempts. Astra then notified NASA of its intent to discontinue its Rocket 3.3 and indicated the company would potentially not resume launches prior to the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. The VADR contract allows the 13 companies selected this year to compete for the rebid of the TROPICS launch services, giving the agency and external stakeholders the ability to use TROPICS data sooner.


Last Updated: Sep 28, 2022
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Given NASA's need for these to launch in 2023 really needs to be on LV that is currently operational.
So the short list will likely be Electron from RocketLab, Launcher One from Virgin Orbital & Minotaur-C from Northrop Grumman. Possibly the Pegasus XL if Northrop Grumman can come up with the components. Finally there is the option of launching as a rideshare on SpaceX.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #846 on: 09/29/2022 08:26 am »
So the short list will likely be Electron from RocketLab, Launcher One from Virgin Orbital & Minotaur-C from Northrop Grumman. Possibly the Pegasus XL if Northrop Grumman can come up with the components. Finally there is the option of launching as a rideshare on SpaceX.

Originally there were five bidders for TROPICS:

* Astra (3 Rocket-3.3) - won
* Momentus (Vigoride) - deemed non-compliant with the RFP for not having control of the launch date due to the rideshare launch
* SpaceX (Starship) - rejected because NASA did not expect that SpaceX would be able to meet the launch date required.
* Virgin Orbit (LauncherOne) - deemed non-compliant with the RFP, eliminated early in the process, reason not known
* Rocket Lab (Electron) - too expensive

So if Electron was already considered to be too expensive, we can surely rule out a Minotaur-C or Pegasus-XL launch, as these are even more expensive.

With Momentus and LauncherOne not being compliant with the RFP (for what reasons ever), i think we can rule them also out.

That leaves only Starship (likely on one of the early orbital test flights) and Electron from the original contenders.
As for Starship it is still unclear, when it will be able to launch, Electron might be the most likely launcher.

This certainly ignores newcomers like ABL, Relativity, Firefly which might also be willing to bid for the launch.
« Last Edit: 09/29/2022 08:36 am by Skyrocket »

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #847 on: 09/29/2022 12:39 pm »
If Starship is selected, would there be a larger major payload alongside the remaining four TROPICS cubesats, or would TROPICS be the only payload?
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #848 on: 09/29/2022 12:45 pm »
If Starship is selected, would there be a larger major payload alongside the remaining four TROPICS cubesats, or would TROPICS be the only payload?

Likely they would be hitching a ride as the only payload on an low inclination test flight.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #849 on: 09/29/2022 01:32 pm »
If Starship is selected, would there be a larger major payload alongside the remaining four TROPICS cubesats, or would TROPICS be the only payload?

Likely they would be hitching a ride as the only payload on an low inclination test flight.


Makes sense for a test flight even though it looks overkill at first sight.
« Last Edit: 09/29/2022 01:33 pm by ZachS09 »
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #850 on: 09/29/2022 02:15 pm »
NASA already lost 2 SC on one launch, do you really think they'll risk the remaining SC on an early starship test flight?

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #851 on: 09/30/2022 01:09 pm »
https://investor.astra.com/news-releases/news-release-details/astra-appoints-axel-martinez-cfo-effective-november-2022

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ASTRA APPOINTS AXEL MARTINEZ AS CFO EFFECTIVE IN NOVEMBER 2022
Sep 30, 2022
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Finance executive with 25 years of experience joins Astra to help drive scale and leverage his capital markets experience

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2022-- Astra Space, Inc. (“Astra”) (Nasdaq: ASTR), a provider of space products and launch services to the global space industry, announced the appointment of Axel Martinez to Chief Financial Officer, effective the day after the filing of our quarterly report in November 2022.

“Axel is a talented and experienced finance executive that will be an invaluable addition to our management team,” said Chris Kemp, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Astra. “We expect his deep knowledge of the technology industry, experience with scaling high-growth companies, and participation in capital markets will be a huge asset to Astra as we enter our next phase.”

In his most recent roles, Martinez served as Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Hyperloop One and Veev Group Inc. – two growth technology companies. Axel started his technology career at Google where he spent 10 years in finance roles, including Head of Capital Markets where he managed more than $40 billion of capital. Axel also served as VP & Treasurer of Uber where he helped the Company scale into more than 60 countries. Previously, Axel worked at Merrill Lynch and the Chase Manhattan Bank as an investment banker. Axel holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Kelyn Brannon will transition her responsibilities and remain CFO through the effective date of Martinez’ appointment.

“We are grateful to Kelyn for her stewardship in taking the company public last year and building the foundation of Astra's finance organization,” said Kemp. “I’d like to thank Kelyn on behalf of the Company for her service and contributions.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #852 on: 10/02/2022 07:32 am »
NASA already lost 2 SC on one launch, do you really think they'll risk the remaining SC on an early starship test flight?

Its probably similar to the risk of flying on Rocket 4.0!
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