Astra Rocket 3.2 Launch Window has Opened

Astra’s Rocket 3.2 on the launch pad. (Credit: John Kraus)

Update: Astra stood down on Friday due to weather.

Editor’s Note: Astra said it will begin tweeting 15 minutes prior to a launch attempt. Follow https://twitter.com/Astra for updates.

ROCKET 3.2 PRESS KIT

LAUNCH WINDOW

11 December – 18 December

DAILY LAUNCH OPPORTUNITY

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

MISSION TIMELINE

+3sLift-off
+38sGravity turn
+57sMax-Q
+2min 22sMECO
+2min 25sFairing separation
+2min 29sStage separation
+2min 33sAether ignition
+8min 32sSECO
+8min 35sPayload deployment signal

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 StageUpper Stage
EnginesDelphinAether
Engine Qty51
Thrust per Engine6,500 lbf SL665 lbf vacuum
Total Thrust32,500 lbf SL665 lbf vacuum
PropellantLOX / KeroseneLOX / Kerosene
Overall Length38 feet
Diameter52 inches