Launch Astra startup reaches orbit for the first time – .

Launch Astra startup reaches orbit for the first time – .

The ranks of spaceflight companies capable of orbiting have increased only slightly. TechCrunch reports that Astra has orbit reached for the first time when his Rocket 3 booster launched shortly after 1 a.m. EST today (November 20). The startup placed a mass simulator in a 310-mile-high orbit as part of a demonstration for the U.S. Air Force’s Rapid and Agile Launch Initiative, which shows how private equipment could deliver fast and flexible way of Space Force payloads.
This success has been long in coming. Astra has failed to reach orbit three times previously, including a second attempt where the rocket reached space but did not have enough speed for an orbital insertion.
Company chief Chris Kemp pointed out on Twitter that Astra was “just getting started” despite the success. It is still an important moment. Companies and researchers looking to access space currently don’t have much of a choice – they either have to hitchhike on one of SpaceX’s not-so-common ridesharing missions or look to a handful of options. like Rocket Lab. Astra hopes to produce its relatively modest rockets quickly enough to deliver many small payloads in a timely manner. This, in turn, could lower prices and make the space more viable.

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