Astra Space prepares crucial first commercial launch, outlines uses of its $450M in SPAC-funded cash

by Peter B. de Selding

CUNZI-LES-VARZY, France — Startup small-satellite launch-service provider Astra Space Inc., now publicly traded on the U.S.Nasdaq exchange, has a cash pile that most startups can only dream of and now must decide how to spend it.

Based in San Francisco and launching out of the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska, Astra’s first chore is to make good on a promise to launch three orbital missions this year.

In an Aug. 12 investor call, Astra Chief Executive . . .

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