• Astra will launch from a spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska. Astra
  • The site is in southern Alaska, offering a good corridor to polar orbits. Astra
  • This is the company's third-generation rocket, named Rocket 3.0. Astra
  • The booster has a mobile launch setup, which can be contained in four tractor-trailers. Astra
  • This is the first orbital launch attempt by Astra. Astra
  • It has made two previous suborbital launch attempts. Astra
  • One was mostly successful, the second was not. Astra

Time is running out for rocket company Astra to successfully launch its first orbital rocket and claim the first part of a prize offered by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. A three-hour launch window opens today at 3:30pm ET (20:30 UTC) for liftoff of Astra's "One of Three" rocket from a spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska.

Astra, which is based in Alameda, California, has been trying to launch the rocket for several days. On Friday, the company completed a successful wet dress rehearsal and on Saturday morning conducted a Launch Readiness Review with the Federal Aviation Administration. However, due to poor weather conditions, Saturday's launch attempt had to be scrubbed. ConditRead More – Source


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