Astra’s first rocket launch because it the company went public wasn’t precisely the success the corporate hoped for. An engine failing to fireside a second into the launch brought on the rocket to hover sideways earlier than trying to succeed in orbit. The flight security crew purposely stalled the engines 2 minutes and 28 seconds into the flight after a bit of the rocket appeared to interrupt off.
Earlier than returning to earth it had reached an altitude of 31 miles.
The 2-stage Launch Car 0006 (or LV0006) was initially scheduled to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complicated in Kodiak, Alaska on Friday, August 27. That launch was delayed till August 28 after the rocket’s guidance system called an abort. According to Space the preliminary abort was as a consequence of an engine configuration subject.
Whereas the second launch try failed to succeed in orbit Astra CEO Chris Kemp appeared optimistic when speaking to CNBC. “It was clearly not profitable at placing something in orbit, nevertheless it was a flight the place we discovered an amazing quantity.” He famous that the try contributed a “large quantity of knowledge” that may be reviewed and that Astra deliberate to make use of what it had discovered and apply it to the LV0007 at present in manufacturing.
On Twitter Kemp famous the engine failed to fireside however mentioned he was “extremely proud” of the Astra workforce for its efficiency throughout the launch.
Reviewing flight knowledge and video, two issues are very clear – 1) An engine shut down proper after launch 2) The whole lot that occurred subsequent made me extremely pleased with our workforce. Area could also be onerous, however like this rocket, we aren’t giving up. #AdAstra pic.twitter.com/2g3n812EaW
— Chris Kemp (@Kemp) August 29, 2021
You possibly can watch all the launch here.