November 18, 2021 to November 19, 2021
Pad LP-3B, Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska; Kodiak, Alaska
Inclination: 86 degrees
Altitude: 500 kilometers
This mission includes a non-deployable Space Force payload.
Mission Overview and Objective
Space Force contracted this launch through the Defense Innovation Unit’s Other Transaction Agreement with Astra. Space Force will be launching a test payload for the Space Test Program. You can read more at astra.com/newsroom.
(all times are approximate)
|+6s||Begin Pitch Over|
|+2min 50s||Main Engine Cut-off (MECO)|
|+2min 55s||Fairing separation|
|+3min 00s||Stage separation|
|+3min 05s||Aether ignition|
|+8min 30s||Second Engine Cut-Off (SECO)|
|+8min 40s||Payload Deployment Signal|
About Rocket 3.3
Astra has developed the world’s most responsive and affordable orbital launch system. Rocket 3.3 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 3.3 consists of a first stage powered by five 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||740 lbf vacuum|
|Total Thrust||32,500 lbf SL||740 lbf vacuum|
|Propellant||LOX / Kerosene||LOX / Kerosene|
|Overall Length||43 feet|
Photos + Videos from Launch
Photos + videos from launch available here.
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