The first Astra missile launch failed. The craft slid sideways and failed to reach orbit on Saturday (28) at the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska. This was the first attempt to take off a rocket from a company since it became public.
It so happened that the first engine failed to launch the second engine during launch, causing the Astra to fly sideways into the air before reaching orbit. The flight safety crew intentionally turned off the engines just 2 minutes and 28 seconds into flight, after a piece of the missile appeared to have crashed.
before returning to Tera, the rocket reached an altitude of nearly 50,000 meters, halfway to the Karman Line, which is the boundary between the atmosphere and outer space. It was supposed to launch the day before, but the event was postponed when the missile guidance system requested an abort, due to a problem with the engine configuration.
In an interview with the channel CNBCAstra CEO Chris Kemp downplayed the problems and expressed optimism. “There has obviously been no success in putting anything into orbit, but it was a journey where we learned a lot,” Kemp said. The missile in question is called Launch Vehicle 0006 (or LV0006).
in your account on TwitterThe company’s CEO posted a video of the moment the missile is moving sideways. For him, the attempt contributed to a “massive amount of data” that would be reviewed. Kemp added that Astra plans to use what it learned and apply it to the LV0007 missile currently in production.
In the post, he highlighted that two things are clear. First, the engine is turned off immediately after launch. “Everything that happened after that made me so proud of our team. Space can be tough, but like this rocket, we won’t give up,” added Chris Kemp.
Watch the video of the Astra missile:
via: the edge
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