[The livestream has ended. A replay of the webcast is available above.]
Astra House reduce brief its first launch try because the firm went public, with the rocket’s engines firing for a second after which shutting down.
The rocket didn’t raise off the bottom because of the launch abort, and Astra mentioned it can examine the reason for the problem. The corporate hopes to make one other try at launching as quickly as Saturday.
Shares of Astra fell greater than 10% in after-hours buying and selling from Friday’s shut at $11.67, earlier than rebounding partially to commerce down about 6%.
A screenshot of the corporate’s launch livestream reveals the LV0006 rocket engines briefly firing earlier than an abort brought on the try’s postponement.
Astra is launching its rocket LV0006 from the Pacific Spaceport Advanced in Kodiak, Alaska. The U.S. House Pressure is the primary paying buyer for an Astra launch, with a check payload flying on prime of the rocket.
The automobile stands 43 toes tall and suits within the small rocket section of the launch market. Astra’s purpose is to launch as many as its small rockets as it may well, aiming to launch one rocket a day by 2025 and drop its $2.5 million value level even additional.
The mission will check a wide range of upgrades to Astra’s rocket since its final mission in December. Whereas that prior mission made it to area, the rocket got here simply in need of reaching orbit.
LV0006 on the launchpad in Kodiak, Alaska.
The corporate’s window for this launch runs for 16 days till Sept. 11. A delayed rocket launch try, recognized within the trade as a scrub, might happen for a wide range of causes, starting from dangerous climate to a technical difficulty.
Astra partnered with NASASpaceflight — an area trade content material group that isn’t affiliated with the U.S. company — to webcast the launch.
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