• As losses mount, Astra announces a radical pivot to a larger launch vehicle

    14 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / Rocket 3.0 is seen on the launch pad in June 2022 ahead of the launch of a TROPICS mission for NASA.
    Astra Space emerged from stealth mode two and a half years ago with a bold vision: It would build inexpensive rockets quickly and with a tolerance for some failure. The idea was simple. If Astra's small satellite customers would accept a bit of risk, the launch company could cut down on its testing, analysis, and redundancy in design. In turn, Astra would pass those launch savings along to customers.
    "It's a no-brainer from an economics perspective that for these kinds of...
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