Update: Astra stood down on Friday due to weather.
Editor’s Note: Astra said it will begin tweeting 15 minutes prior to a launch attempt. Follow https://twitter.com/Astra for updates.
ROCKET 3.2 PRESS KIT
11 December – 18 December
DAILY LAUNCH OPPORTUNITY
10:00 am– 1:00 pm Kodiak Time
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Pacific Time
6:00 – 9:00 pm UTC
Pad LP-3B, Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska; Kodiak, Alaska
Inclination: 98.1 degrees
Altitude: 380 kilometers
There will be no payload on this test flight, except for instrumentation on board for data capture.
MISSION OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVE
For this flight, our primary objective is to make progress over our last flight and make it one step closer to reaching orbit. The further we get, the more we’ll learn. For more information, visit www.astra.com/blog.
|+2min 25s||Fairing separation|
|+2min 29s||Stage separation|
|+2min 33s||Aether ignition|
|+8min 35s||Payload deployment signal|
ABOUT ROCKET 3.2
Astra has developed the world’s most responsive and affordable orbital launch system.
Rocket 3.2 is an expendable, vertically-launched two stage LOX/kerosene rocket, designed to fit inside a standard shipping container and built to dramatically lower the cost of access to space.
Eschewing labor-intensive processes such as carbon composite layups, Astra has focused on proven and cost-efficient metallic structures.
Rocket 3.2 consists of a first stage powered by five Delphin electric-pump-fed engines and an upper stage propelled by a single pressure-fed Aether engine.
|First Stage||Upper Stage|
|Thrust per Engine||6,500 lbf SL||665 lbf vacuum|
|Total Thrust||32,500 lbf SL||665 lbf vacuum|
|Propellant||LOX / Kerosene||LOX / Kerosene|
|Overall Length||38 feet|