Astra rocket launch fails to deliver payload to orbit

The Astra rocket launch of the NASA TROPICS-1 mission failed to deliver its satellite payloads on Sunday. The launch window opened at 12:00, and after a countdown for liquid oxygen conditioning, the Astra Rocket 3.3 was successfully launched at. 13:43 according to Astra Space, the first stage flight was successful, but an early shutdown on the upper steps led to the rocket’s satellite payload failing to reach orbit. The TROPICS-1 mission was set to deliver two TROPICS 3U CubeSats for NASA and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. These satellites are designed to support weather and storm warning. NASA has provided an update regarding the TROPICS-1 mission on their website: “Thanks to the openness shown by Astra, NASA has been involved in the investigation of Astra’s previous launch. In addition, we have been involved in discussions about lessons learned and corrective actions. We recognizes the risks inherent in a new launch provider and will assist us as needed. ” A previous Astra rocket launch failed to deliver the payload on 10 February. the launch vehicle’s first launch from Florida’s Space Coast.

The Astra rocket launch of the NASA TROPICS-1 mission failed to deliver the satellite payloads on Sunday.

The launch window opened at 12.00, and after a countdown for liquid oxygen treatment, Astra Rocket 3.3 was launched at 13:43. the rocket’s satellite payload fails to reach orbit.

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The TROPICS-1 mission was set to deliver two TROPICS 3U CubeSats for NASA and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. These satellites are designed to support weather and storm warning.

NASA has provided an update regarding the TROPICS-1 mission on their website:

“Thanks to the openness shown by Astra, NASA has been involved in the investigation of Astra’s previous launch. In addition, we have been involved in discussions about lessons learned and corrective actions. We recognize the risk inherent in a new launch provider and will lend our assistance as needed. . “

A previous Astra rocket launch failed to deliver the payload on 10 February. It was the launch vehicle’s first launch from Florida’s Space Coast.