Alumni Leads Successful Lift-Off for Astra

What if your career could take you from cars to the stars? That’s exactly what happened for PIA alumnus Chris Hofmann, a former race car mechanic from Berks County, PA, who now works as Director of Launch Operations for California-based aerospace startup Astra. After previous engineering roles at Masten Space Systems and SpaceX, Hofmann led the successful lift-off of Rocket 3.1 which left the Alaskan coast at Astra’s Kodiak launch site on September 12, marking Hofmann’s first orbital attempt under his belt as director of launch operations.  Way to go, Chris! Keep reaching for the stars!

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