Astra's Maiden orbital Launch Ends in Failure

Astra’s Rocket 3.1 launches from the Pacific Spaceport Complex In Kodiak Alaska prior to its in-flight anomaly. Image Astra

Astra's first orbital mission landed, but it soon landed again.

The spaceflight startup launched its first orbital test flight by sending its two-stage Rocket 3.1 skyward from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska at 11:20 p.m. EDT (7:20 p.m. local Alaska time and 0320 GMT on September 12).

The company's stated objective with this flight was to have a nominal first stage burn, which apparently didn't quite happen since that's when the engine shutdown occurred. Looks like we got a good amount of nominal flight time. "More updates to come!"

Astra had said beforehand that it was not expecting perfection the first time around, as it hopes to achieve orbit within three flights. To learn more about the issue, the company will be analyzing the flight data to see what to fix for their next launch, which will be made with a vehicle code-named Rocket 3.2 that has already been built. The company has long said that it expected it would take three attempts to reach orbit.

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Astra was positive about the progress, however, writing in a blog post, "Tonight, we saw a handsome launch!" and "Preliminary data review indicates the rocket performed very well".

Astra was founded in 2016 with the goal of developing smaller and more efficient rockets to deliver telecommunication satellites to orbit. The agency's website now provides 310-mile-high (500-kilometer) orbital delivery services for payloads weighing between 110 million pounds. And 330 lbs. (From 50 to 150 kg). Cheaper rocket, more automated factory, more automatic launching functionality and, in fact, a real focus on performance and eliminating costs from every aspect of service so that we can achieve size and ultimately reduce costs through sizes and production economies.

In February or March, Astra had decided its first orbital launch ($12 million DARPA -Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Launch Challenge. Elon Musk's SpaceX went through the same types of growing pains, as its first three rocket launches had major issues before a fourth resulted in success. So the orbital-lifting milestone fell to its successor Rocket 3.1. But bad weather and technical problems with the Rocket 3.0, the booster scheduled to make this flight, The company banned From meeting the narrow competition launch window. But due to bad weather and technical issues with Rocket 3.0, Booster chose to schedule that flight. When the rocket began to drift off course, a safety officer shut off the engines to ensure that the vehicle landed in a pre-determined safety zone, and the subsequent explosion consumed nearly all of the fuel left inside the machine.

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