Astra, Rocket Lab and Redwire will talk SPACs and going public at TC Sessions: Space 2021

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Commercial space companies are increasingly looking for avenues to the public markets, and mergers with special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) are a popular mechanism for doing so. In this year’s all-virtual Nerdshala Sessions: Space Event December 14-15, we’ll hear from key senior executives at Astra, Rocket Lab and Radwire about the SPAC process and what the public market will unlock for their respective companies.

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Astra CFO Kellyanne Brannan has substantial experience leading companies through IPOs, and was also the first Chief Accounting Officer and Head of Finance at Amazon.com. Brannan helped guide Astra despite its public debut in late June through a merger with SPAC Holiness, and the startup has looked to its fortunes on major successes such as the first orbital launch of its milestones, which took place in the past. Happened over the weekend.

RedWire President and COO Andrew Rush serves as a member of the NASA Advisory Council, and was previously the president and CEO of Made In Space, the in-space manufacturing company that RedWire acquired last year. He is in charge of the company’s overall business portfolio, long-term planning and strategic investments, and is the perfect person to ask about Radwire’s merger with Genesis Park Acquisition Corporation and the NYSE beginning in September.

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Rocket Lab CFO Adam Spice joined the company in 2018, and has held several financial executive roles at companies in the tech industry, including Broadcom, SimWave Corporation and Intel, all major chipmaking companies. Spice launched Rocket Lab through its public debut on the Nasdaq in August through a merger with Vector Acquisition.

SPAC has long pressed for events in the private space startup market for exit events from the public market, but they have also introduced companies in this relatively nascent market to the uncertainty of public investors. We’ll hear from all the companies that have taken this path this year about what this means for them and their businesses.

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TC Session: Space 2021 takes place on December 14-15. Grab your pass, join our global space community and get the latest thinking on space SPAC.


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