Ad Astra Rocket Company News

Press Releases

2020

Aethera’s New RF Power Processing Unit for the VASIMR Engine Successfully Completes Full Power Vacuum and Magnetic Field Tests at Ad Astra Rocket Company’s Texas Facility, 01/23/2020

2019

Aethera’s New RF Power Processing Unit for the VASIMR Engine Completes Full Power Acceptance Tests at Ad Astra Rocket Company’s Texas Facility, 08/20/2019

Ad Astra strengthens green hydrogen footprint in Costa Rica, 04/24/2019 

2018

N'YU'TI Road, 08/14/18

Aethera Technologies Limited and Canadian Space Agency sign $1.5M R&D agreement boosting Ad Astra Rocket Company’s  VASIMR® development, 06/26/18

San José has a special guest on may 8th, 05/08/18

 2017

Central America's first transportation ecosystem becomes operational, 11/29/17
Ad Astra Rocket Company successfully completes all NASA NextStep Contract Milestones for year two, receives NASA approval to proceed with year three, 08/09/17
First hydrogen fuel cell electric bus arrives in Costa Rica, 08/02/17
Ad Astra Rocket Company completes key project milestones on Costa Rica's first hydrogen-electric transport ecosystem, 05/08/17

2016

Ad Astra Rocket Company successfully completes all NASA NextStep Contract Milestones for year one, receives NASA approval to proceed with year two, 08/03/16
Ad Astra Rocket Company, Costa Rica is now 100% solar powered, 03/18/16
Municipality of Curridabat and Ad Astra Rocket investigate new sources of supply energetic, 01/27/16

2015

Ad Astra Rocket Company in Orbital ATK Team Selected for NASA's second research and technology for aerospace propulsion systems (RTAPS) contract, 09/22/15
Ad Astra's Dr. Jared P. Squire is elected Associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 09/11/15
Ad Astra Rocket Company and NASA move to execution phase of NextStep VASIMR® partnership, 08/10/15
Ad Astra Rocket Company wins major NASA advanced propulsion contract, 03/31/15

2014

AARC and RECOPE sign new contract on hydrogen technology development, 02/20/14

2013

AARC and NASA sign new agreements on VASIMR® development, 12/19/13
AARC and Costa Rica's RECOPE unveil clean energy hydrogen technology project, 12/12/13
New plasma technology patent issued to AARC, 12/05/13
Theodore "Tim" Solso is elected to the Ad Astra Board of Directors, 11/12/13
AARC scientists author eight scietific papers presented at IEPC-2013, 10/09/13
Ambassador Anne Andrew is elected to the Ad Astra Board of Directors, 10/03/13
Ad Astra Rocket Company reaches important design review milestone, 6/28/13
AARC, Cummins successfully use hydrogen/biogas to power a Cummins generator in Costa Rica, 6/1/13
José A. Zaglul is elected to the Ad Astra Board of Directors, 4/8/13
Ad Astra’s Christopher Olsen presents groundbreaking VASIMR result in PhD thesis milestone, 2/2/13

2012

VASIMR prototype increases high-power performance, demonstrates efficient constant power throttling, 7/27/12
AARC, Costa Rica signs agreements for $1.4M for research and development of hydrogen technologies, 7/24/12
AARC and NASA JSC sign agreement on VASIMR payload safety and reliability support, 5/31/12
AARC Costa Rica scientists participate in new zero-gravity flight, 5/16/12

2011

Ad Astra unveils mock-up of space platform 'Aurora', 10/12/11
AARC Costa Rica selects two scientists for Microgravity Flight, 5/26/11
Ad Astra and NASA sign Support Agreement on VASIMR technology, 3/8/11

2010

VASIMR VX-200 Meets Full Power Efficiency Milestone, 11/23/10
AARC and MEI Technologies, Inc. form Strategic Alliance, 1/14/10

2009

VX-200 reaches 200 kW, 9/30/09
VX-200 demonstrates superconducting first stage at full power, 7/2/09
VX-200 superconducting magnet delivered, accepted, 03/06/09

2008

NASA and AARC sign Agreement for VASIMR flight test, 12/12/08
VX-200 first stage achieves full power, 10/24/08
AARC - CORAAL agreement, 05/09/08
ATK - AARC Alliance, 03/26/08
Status and Schedule, 03/04/08

2007

Agreement with NASA signed, 12/10/07
Last plasma at NASA, 10/2/07
First commercial contract, 8/21/07
Achieving record plasma, 6/12/07
Helicon milestone in CR, 6/12/07
2006 milestones & 2007 goals, 1/30/07