Watch as missile builder Astra makes a second try at a missile launch from Alaska
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The rocket maker Astra Space will launch and enter orbit for the first time since the company’s IPO.
The new space company canceled its first attempt at launch on Friday, igniting the rocket’s engines for a moment and then turning them off.
Astra launches its LV0006 rocket from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska. The launch is the first for Astra to carry a paying customer, with the US Space Force hiring the launch to test a payload as part of their space testing program.
The vehicle is 43 feet tall and fits in the small missile segment of the introductory market. Astra’s goal is to launch as many of its small rockets as possible to launch one rocket a day by 2025 and bring the price of $ 2.5 million down even further.
Saturday’s mission, postponed after Astra abandoned a launch attempt on Friday, is testing a variety of upgrades to Astra’s rocket since its last mission in December. While that previous mission made it into space, the rocket ran out of fuel and only made it into orbit.
LV0006 on the launch pad in Kodiak, Alaska.
Astra’s time window for this launch is 15 days until September 11, so Astra can postpone the attempt on Saturday if necessary. A delayed missile launch attempt, known in the industry as a scrub, can occur for a variety of reasons, from bad weather to technical issues.
Astra has teamed up with NASASpaceflight – a space industry content organization not affiliated with the US agency – to webcast the launch.
This is a development story, please check back for updates.