After an elevated takeoff, the Astra Space rocket no longer manages to enter orbit


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Rocket constructor Astra Space he launched his first rocket on saturday since the company went public. After an elevated takeoff, the rocket failed to reach its target to reach orbit.

When taking off, the rocket appeared to be moving sideways, not straight up. Astra founder, president and CEO Chris Kemp told CNBC that about a second after the flight, one engine shut down. The company is currently investigating the reason.

Astra founder and chief technology officer Adam London added that the system worked relatively well in the given circumstances. The rocket had enough thrust even with one engine off to lift very slowly off the ground, and the guidance system retained control of the rocket.

Approximately 2 minutes and 28 seconds after the flight, the flight safety crew issued an order to shut down the engine, which caused the rocket to stop, the executive director said. It reached a height of about 50 kilometers and returned to the ground without injury or damage to any property.

“Obviously he wasn’t successful in putting anything in orbit, but it was a flight where we learned a huge amount,” Kemp told CNBC. “We have a Series 7 that’s currently in production, and we’re going to take what we’ve learned here and incorporate all the changes into that rocket and it’s going to fly soon.”

“We have a huge amount of flight data and we are currently in the process of reviewing it,” he added.

Executives refused to give deadlines for completing the investigation, building a new rocket and the next flight.

The Astra interrupted its first launch attempt on Friday, and the rocket’s engines started for a moment, then shut down.

On Saturday, after a brief delay due to fuel problems, Astra launched the LV0006 rocket from the Pacific Space Port complex in Kodiak, Alaska, around 3:35 p.m. local time.

This was the first commercial launch of the Astra s the U.S. space force arranged the launch for payload testing as part of its Space Testing Program.

The vehicle is 43 feet high and fits into the small rocket segment of the launch market. Astra’s goal is to eventually launch as many of its small rockets as possible, with the goal of launching one rocket a day by 2025 and lowering the price by $ 2.5 million even more.

Saturday’s mission, which was rescheduled after Astra interrupted the launch attempt on Friday, tested various Astra rocket upgrades since the last mission in December. By the time that previous mission arrived in space, the rocket ran out of fuel and was just about to reach orbit.

LV0006 on the launch pad at Kodiak, Alaska.

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One of the company’s rockets experienced a problem with the guidance system during the company’s first mission earlier last year, and crashed after takeoff.

Astra has teamed up with NASASpaceflight – a space industry content organization not affiliated with the U.S. agency – for a webcast launch on Saturday.

This is a story in development, check for updates.

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