Astra’s first orbital launch test fails


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Capitalism in space: The first orbital launch test of the smallsat rocket company Astra failed last night shortly have liftoff.

In a more detailed update published on Astra’s website several hours after the launch, officials wrote that the rocket’s guidance system “appears to have introduced some slight oscillation into the flight, causing the vehicle to drift from its planned trajectory leading to a commanded shutdown of the engines by the flight safety system.”

“We didn’t meet all of our objectives, but we did gain valuable experience, plus even more valuable flight data,” Astra said. “This launch sets us well on our way to reaching orbit within two additional flights, so we’re happy with the result.”

This failure was not unexpected. The company has made it clear that it was the first of a three flight program aimed at reaching orbit with the third launch.

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2 comments

  • Captain Emeritus

    I heard that Astra is cutting associates by 20% and seeking investors.
    Pandering to the commies and marxists by flying the BLM.inc decal on the little rocket may be quite fashionable in the Bay Area, but not so much in flyover country.
    Did they take a knee and push the button?
    Maybe they should focus on fireworks.
    Off to a good start.

  • John

    It’s splitting hairs but the BLM decal is on the launcher, not the rocket.

    Ironically, there’s not much diversity in their company photos.

    Maybe someone should let the mob know that.

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