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Tesla Automation Leader Pablo Gonzalez Joins Astra to Scale Production
[March 15, 2021]

Tesla Automation Leader Pablo Gonzalez Joins Astra to Scale Production

Astra today announced that Pablo Gonzalez, Ph.D., will join the company as Senior Vice President of Factory Engineering. Gonzalez previously worked at Tesla, Inc., where he led development of all equipment and automation lines in the California and New York factories.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to join Astra, where I look forward to drawing on my experience in product development, factory automation and equipment design to rocket manufacture," said Gonzalez. "I'm proud to be part of a team that is committed to increasing access to space for the benefit of our planet."

Gonzalez most recently served as Vice President of Robotics and Automation Engineering at Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., a remote sensing technology compny. In addition to Tesla, Gonzalez has also held roles at SolarCity (News - Alert) Corp., Brooks Automation, Inc., Crossing Automation, E Systems Technology, Inc., and ASYST Technologies, Inc. He has been awarded more than 50 patents in the semiconductor, medical, and solar industries.

"Pablo's leadership in applying automation and AI technologies to production is unmatched," said Benjamin Lyon, Chief Engineer of Astra. "His addition to the Astra leadership team is a key step in scaling our operations to meet growing customer demand."

About Astra

Astra Space Inc. was founded in October 2016 with the mission of launching a new generation of space services to improve life on Earth. Visit for more information.

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