Astra’s first rocket launch because it the company went public wasn’t precisely the success the corporate hoped for. An engine failing to fireside a second into the launch precipitated the rocket to hover sideways earlier than making an attempt to achieve orbit. The flight security crew purposely stalled the engines 2 minutes and 28 seconds into the flight after a chunk of the rocket appeared to interrupt off.
Earlier than returning to earth it had reached an altitude of 31 miles.
The 2-stage Launch Car 0006 (or LV0006) was initially scheduled to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Advanced in Kodiak, Alaska on Friday, August 27. That launch was delayed till August 28 after the rocket’s guidance system called an abort. According to Space the preliminary abort was on account of an engine configuration problem.
Whereas the second launch try failed to achieve orbit Astra CEO Chris Kemp appeared optimistic when speaking to CNBC. “It was clearly not profitable at placing something in orbit, however it was a flight the place we discovered an amazing quantity.” He famous that the try contributed a “super quantity of information” that might be reviewed and that Astra deliberate to make use of what it had discovered and apply it to the LV0007 presently in manufacturing.
On Twitter Kemp famous the engine failed to fireside however mentioned he was “extremely proud” of the Astra group for its efficiency through the launch.
Reviewing flight information and video, two issues are very clear – 1) An engine shut down proper after launch 2) All the pieces that occurred subsequent made me extremely happy with our group. Area could also be exhausting, however like this rocket, we aren’t giving up. #AdAstra pic.twitter.com/2g3n812EaW
— Chris Kemp (@Kemp) August 29, 2021
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