Astra The first was designed to send a rocket into Earth’s orbit last night (August 2) – until a boat was found on the way.
The California-based startup had to scramble a ship underwater for the launch of its Rocket 3.1 booster from the Pacific Spaceport complex located on Kodiak Island, Alaska, for security reasons.
Astra representatives said that the boat could not be cleaned in time for us to launch within the window (ends at 9am PT), and we would have to clear the misfortune for today Tweeted last night.
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The two-stage rocket 3.1 will be launched today (August 3), this time due to weather concerns, Astra announced via Twitter. But there will be more chances for boosters to get off the field; The current window runs from Friday (August 7). (The launch will not be a live webcast, but you can get updates Astra’s Twitter feed.)
Astra aims to provide a cheaper ride in space for smaller satellites with a 38-foot-tall (12 m) rocket 3.1 and its successors. But there will be no payload in the upcoming flight; This is a demonstration mission, and the company does not necessarily fix everything.
“For this flight, our first orbital effort, our primary objective is to achieve a modest first-stage burn,” Astra Written in a mission statement. “If we overcome it, we will be happy with our progress and will be well on our way to arriving in class within three flights. The more we complete, the more we learn, and we reach class. “
Astra was first expected to visit Orbit as part of the DARPA Launch Challenge in early March. But technical issues Company stopped By completing the narrow launch window of the competition. And the booster was damaged during the preparation of another test flight in late March to slate the rocket 3.0, making the flight, so far delayed the launch attempt.
Yesterday was a big day for wayward boats. Several dozen recreational crafts Crowd around SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule Shortly thereafter, Peñasacola fell down from Florida, completing a mission involving the company’s Landmark Demo-2. The US Coast Guard had cleared the area in the event of a splash, but the boats ignored distant orders and were cruised for a closer look.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out That” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tait), a book about the discovery of alien life. Follow her on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.