Update at 6pm EST Aug 28: The launch window is now expected to open at 6:30 pm. EDT (10:30 PM Greenwich Mean Time) August 28. Update
at 4pm EST Aug 28: The launch window is now expected to open at 5:45 pm. US Eastern Time (2145 Greenwich Mean Time) August 28.
1:20 PM EDT Update Aug 28: Astra announced via Twitter that the next Rocket 3.3 launch attempt will arrive today (Aug 28), with the window expected to open at 5 PM. US Eastern Time (2100 Greenwich Mean Time).
update at 6:30 pm EST for August 27th: Astra’s 3.3 rocket suspended its orbital test launch at the last second of today (August 27). Astra has not announced the time of the next attempt; daily release opportunities will last until September 11. Update
EDT at 4pm: Astra’s goal is 5pm. The EDT launch (2100 GMT) is today’s rocket 3.3 launching the US Army test payload. Today’s launch window lasts until 8 p.m. US Eastern Time (0000 Greenwich Mean Time).
This story is also updated at 4:45 pm. EDT provided new details about the mission on August 27; for example, the payload is a quality simulator that will not be implemented.
California startup Astra is aiming to reach satellite orbit for the first time this afternoon (Aug 28), and you can watch the historic mission live. The
Astra 006 carrier rocket, also known as Rocket 3.3, is scheduled to lift off from the Pacific spaceport complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska, in two weeks from today until September 11.
On each available day, takeoff can occur within a 4.5 hour window that opens at 4 pm EDT (2000 GMT; 12 pm local time on Kodiak Island). You can watch the live stream of the launch here via Astra, via NASASpaceflight on YouTube, or in the window above. The 43-foot-tall (13-meter)
launch vehicle 006 carries the massive simulator test payload used in the Department of Defense’s space test program and will not be deployed during the mission. The upcoming launch is the first of two launches scheduled by the US Space Force and Astra; the second is expected to launch later this year.
Video: Watch the launch of the first successful flight of Astra Rocket 3.2
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Space Test Project Director, Colonel Carlos Quinines, announced the contract earlier this month The statement said.
Astra was founded in 2016 and has so far tried two orbital test launches. The first time was in September 2020, when Astra’s rocket failed to reach space after encountering orientation problems in the early stages of flight. Three months later, Astra’s 3.2 rocket entered space, but ran out of fuel before reaching orbital speed.
Therefore, the complete success of this new mission will mark a very large box for Astra. If everything goes according to plan,
Astra will mark other milestones in quick succession. The Bay Area company plans to recapture most of the small satellite launch market through its mass-produced, profitable and growing rockets.