Newspace company Astra, which is developing a small launch vehicle, has revealed that it intends to purchase fellow-newspace firm and developer of satellite electric propulsion, Apollo Fusion. The announcement made on 7 June outlines Astra’s intention to acquire Apollo for US$50 million (US$30 million in stock and US$20 million cash). Additionally, there is the potential for another US$95 million in “earn-out incentives” if Apollo reaches specific – but unstated – technical and commercial milestones.
Astra intends to incorporate Apollo thruster technology into its own native satellite platforms which are under development. The intention is to offer customers both a rocket to launch on and a platform for their payloads. Something made possible through the increased levels of vertical integration Astra is pursuing.
Astra is currently undergoing a “merger” with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Holicity. This transaction is planned to later this year. Once this happens then this new Apollo-transaction is expected to go ahead.