Astra’s 1 orbital test launch fails during the first stage engine burn.

Astra’s first orbital mission fell off the ground, but it soon came down again.

California-based spaceflight startup launched First orbital test flight Tonight (September 11), is sending its two-stage rocket 3.1 to the sky from Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska at 2.20pm EDT (7:20 am local Alaska time and September 12 at 0320 GMT).