Launch Window

11 December – 18 December

Daily Launch Opportunity

10:00 am– 1:00pm Kodiak Time
11:00 am – 2:00pm Pacific Time
6:00 – 9:00pm UTC

Launch Site

Pad LP-3B, Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska; Kodiak, Alaska

Target Orbit

Inclination: 98.1 degrees         Altitude: 380 kilometers

Payload

There will be no payload on this test flight, except for instrumentation on board for data capture.

Mission Overview and Objective

For this flight, our primary objective is to make progress over our last flight and make it one step closer to reaching orbit. The further we get, the more we’ll learn. For more information, visit www.astra.com/blog.

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Mission Timeline

+3s Lift-off
+38s Gravity turn
+57s Max-Q
+2min 22s MECO
+2min 25s Fairing separation
+2min 29s Stage separation
+2min 33s Aether ignition
+8min 32s SECO
+8min 35s Payload deployment signal

 

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About Rocket 3.2

Astra has developed the world’s most responsive and affordable orbital launch system.

Rocket 3.2 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 3.2 consists of a first stage powered by five Delphin electric-pump-fed engines and an upper stage propelled by a single pressure-fed Aether engine.

 

 

First Stage Upper Stage
Engines Delphin Aether
Engine Qty 5 1
Thrust per Engine 6,500 lbf SL 665 lbf vacuum
Total Thrust 32,500 lbf SL 665 lbf vacuum
Propellant LOX / Kerosene LOX / Kerosene
Overall Length 38 feet
Diameter 52 inches

 

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