CAP CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX who? Now there is another player in town. Astra Space Inc. is another private company started from the space coast. This is a clear sign that the space industry is booming.
Just one month after the successful commercial launch of the Space Force, Astra Space Inc. announced its arrival at Cape Canaveral.
“We can serve more clients, more launches, more tilts and being able to do it from a location that is definitely the gold standard for space travel, it’s very exciting for us,” said Matt Ganser, vice president of business operations at Astra. Space, Inc.
They will be launched from the Space Coast for the first time in January.
“It’s a small launch company with a small vehicle to put small launch satellites into orbit. It’s a new part of the growing industry,” said Space Florida vice president Dale Ketcham. .
Ketcham says their small satellites are cheaper to orbit, which has helped them operate at lightning speed.
It took the Space Force less than a year to approve and prepare the launch site for the new trading partner.
Astra Space claims it is the fastest privately held company in history to reach space.
“We have an informal currency that we’re looking for daily space delivery for. We think the Space Coast could be a very big part of that,” Ganser said.
Ketcham says more companies operating from the Space Coast means more launches, and more launches means more business in the long run.
“If we can convince them that this is where they really want to be, then they will make the investment and more sustainable infrastructure that will allow them to establish permanent jobs here.”
“Companies like Astra or if it’s like Cape Canaveral that make space travel more affordable, that make launch services more affordable for everyone, it’s going to transform our planet in a really positive way,” Ganser said. .