Launch Window: June 12, 2022, 12pm ET
Launch site: Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Launch Vehicle: Rocket 3.3
Target Orbital Inclination: 29.75 degrees
Target Altitude: 550 kilometers
Payload: 2x TROPICS 3U CubeSatsWatch Launch Livestream
MISSION OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVE
Astra’s objective is to successfully launch and deploy 2 TROPICS 3U CubeSats as part of NASA’s 6 CubeSat TROPICS constellation. You can read more at astra.com/newsroom and at MIT Lincoln Laboratory's TROPICS mission website.
(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 30s||Second Engine Cutoff (SECO)|
|+8min 40s||Payload Deployment|
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|