While we are disappointed in the loss of the two TROPICS CubeSats, the mission is part of NASA’s Earth venture program, which provides opportunities for lower-cost, higher risk missions. Despite a loss of the first two of six satellites, the TROPICS constellation will still meet its science objectives with the four remaining CubeSats distributed in two […]
Astra Space Inc. is targeting no earlier than June 12, pending issuance of a launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration, for the first launch of NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS), a constellation of six CubeSats. Two CubeSats, each about the size of a loaf […]
Astra Space and LeoStella announced a contract for Astra to provide multiple Astra Spacecraft Engines for LeoStella satellites. Astra is expected to begin delivering the propulsion systems later this year and into 2023. LeoStella designs and manufactures operational satellites cost-effectively and at scale. Astra’s Spacecraft Engine has demonstrated that it can assist satellites in achieving and […]
Astra Space and Spaceflight Inc. today announced a multi-launch contract. The first launch under this contract is planned for today, March 14, 2022, with a window opening at 9:22 am PDT / 16:22 UTC out of the Astra Spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, but may be shifted to March 15, 2022 depending on conditions at the […]
Photo credit: John Kraus/Astra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr5eccZdIyk Text Adapted from NASA Blog. Astra Space Inc. announced that its launch of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa 41) mission has been delayed because an unnamed range asset went out of service. Its Rocket 3.3 was scheduled to launch at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 from Space Launch […]
The launch on Friday marked Astra’s first successful commercial orbital launch for the U.S. Space Force at the Pacific Spaceport Complex.
The company’s rocket LV0007 launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska, carrying a test payload for the U.S. Space Force.
“Congrats! Orbit is not easy,” Musk wrote in a tweet to Astra.
Astra joins SpaceX, Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit in the group of U.S. companies that have reached orbit with a privately-funded rocket.
Launch time was 12:30 am EST (05:30 GMT) on November 20th at the Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska. The destination was Low Earth Orbit’