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Astra rocket launch fails to deliver payload to orbit

Astra rocket launch fails to deliver payload to orbit

The Astra rocket launch of the NASA TROPICS-1 mission failed to deliver its satellite payloads on Sunday. Astra Space, the first stage flight was successful, but an early upper stage shutdown prevented the rocket’s satellite payload from reaching orbit. The TROPICS-1 mission was to deliver two TROPICS 3U CubeSats for NASA and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. These satellites are designed to support weather and storm forecasting. were engaged in discussions on lessons learned and corrective actions. We recognize the risks inherent in a new launch vendor and will provide assistance if needed.” A previous Astra rocket launch failed to deliver its payload on Feb. 10. The rocket startup’s first launch from Space Coast of Florida.

The Astra rocket launch of the NASA TROPICS-1 mission failed to deliver its satellite payloads on Sunday.

The launch window opened at noon and, after a countdown for liquid oxygen conditioning, successfully launched Astra Rocket 3.3 at 1:43 p.m. According to Astra Space, the first stage flight successful, but an early shutdown of the upper stage led to the rocket’s satellite payload not reaching orbit.

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The TROPICS-1 mission was to deliver two TROPICS 3U CubeSats for NASA and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. These satellites are designed to support weather and storm forecasting.

NASA provided an update regarding the TROPICS-1 mission on its website:

“Through the transparency displayed by Astra, NASA was involved in the investigation of Astra’s previous launch. In addition, we participated in lessons learned and corrective action discussions. Our assistance as needed.”

A previous Astra rocket launch failed to deliver its payload on February 10. It was the rocket start-up’s first launch from Florida’s space coast.

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