NASA ELaNa 41
Launch Window: February 5-6, 2022, and February 10, 2022
Launch site: Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Launch Vehicle: Rocket 3.3
Target Orbital Inclination: 41 degrees
Target Altitude: 500 kilometersWatch Launch Livestream
MISSION OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVE
Our objective is to successfully launch and deploy the 4 spacecraft for NASA. This will be our first mission deploying satellites, our first launch for NASA, and our first launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. You can read more at astra.com/newsroom.
The ELaNa 41 mission is part of NASA’s Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 (VCLS Demo 2) contract under NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Read and download NASA’s ELaNa 41 Mission fact sheet and learn more about the CubeSat teams flying on ELaNa 41 here.
(ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE)
|+6s||Begin Pitch Over|
|+2min 50s||Main Engine Cutoff (MECO)|
|+2min 55s||Fairing separation|
|+3min 00s||Stage separation|
|+3min 05s||Upper stage ignition|
|+8min 30s||Second Engine Cutoff (SECO)|
|+8min 40s||Payload Deployment Signal|
Astra has developed one of the world’s most responsive and affordable orbital launch systems. 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 LAUNCHMedia Kit
Please attribute using attribution details in folder names.