Launch Window: March 14-15, 2022
Launch site: Pad LP-3B, Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska; Kodiak, Alaska
Launch Vehicle: Rocket 3.3
Target Orbital Inclination: 97.5 degrees
Target Altitude: 525 kilometers
Payload: This mission includes a payload for NearSpace Launch, the S4 CROSSOVER, and Portland State Aerospace Society’s OreSat0.Watch Launch Livestream
MISSION OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVE
Astra’s objective is to successfully launch and deploy spacecraft for Spaceflight’s customers, including Portland State Aerospace Society and NearSpace Launch, to Sun Synchronous orbit, 525 km.
(ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE)
|+6s||Begin Pitch Over|
|+3min 00s||Main Engine Cutoff (MECO)|
|+3min 05s||Fairing separation|
|+3min 10s||Stage separation|
|+3min 15s||Upper stage ignition|
|+8min 40s||Second Engine Cutoff (SECO)|
|+8min 50s||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
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