Video Caption: The Final System Test, also known as the “hot fire” engine test for Astra’s Launch Vehicle 0006.
Astra is hoping the third time will be a charm.
The publicly-traded launch provider will make another attempt to reach orbit with its Rocket 3 booster late this month from Pacific Spaceport Complex — Alaska on Kodiak Island. The window for the launch attempt opens on Aug. 27 and runs until Sept. 11.
Astra’s first commercial launch includes a payload for the U.S. Space Force (USSF). It is the first of two launches ordered by the military service.
Astra’s two previous orbital launch attempts failed. The first rocket was destroyed shortly after launch in September 2020 after it began to veer off course. A second rocket launched last December reached space but lacked sufficient velocity to enter orbit.
On July 1, Astra became a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq exchange after a merger with Holicity.