At Astra Space, failure is an option

  • Astra Space performs a test on its rocket outside its
    headquarters in Alameda, Calif. [credit: Astra Space ]

ALAMEDA, Calif.—Toward the end of an interview on Tuesday
morning, Adam London finally came out and admitted it. “Honestly,
we’re building a pretty boring rocket.”

This is by design, of course. His company Astra Space, which
just emerged from stealth mode this week, does not want to build
the sleekest or most modern of rockets. Rather, says London (the
company’s co-founder and chief technology officer), Astra seeks
to deliver the most bang for the buck to customers. To that end,
Astra has developed a no-frills launch system. Even the company’s
name for its newest rocket, “Rocket 3.0,” lacks pizzazz.

“This is not about making the best, most **** rocket,”
London said in a small conference room at the company’s
headquarters in Alameda, California. “We want to make the
simplest, most manufacturable rocket.”

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At Astra Space, failure is an option