Tag Archives: Chris Kemp

Explosion during Astra launch rehearsal results in damage and small fire

An unexpected error during a rocket launch rehearsal caused a small brush fire and damage to launch facilities at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak on Monday. Alaska Aerospace CEO Mark Lester reported the “anomaly” caused an explosion on Launch Pad B at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. No staff were present at the pad during the rehearsal and there were …

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Astra CEO keeps expectations low for upcoming DARPA challenge launch

Astra CEO Chris Kemp is keeping expectations low for the company’s upcoming launch at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Narrow Cape. “We’re taking a rocket that’s never flown before and we’re attempting to reach orbit. So it’s an incredibly difficult challenge and we’re trying to lower expectations as much as possible that we’ll get everything right the first time,” he …

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Astra planning to return to Kodiak for a launch at Narrow Cape this month

A California-based rocket start-up company called Astra is coming back to Kodiak for a launch at Narrow Cape this month. Until last week Astra was still operating under “stealth mode,” meaning they weren’t publicizing their activities or announcing their involvement in previous Kodiak launches. Multiple tech and business profiles of the recently unveiled company have characterized Astra as a fast-paced …

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