Astra rocket does a real smooth slide before failing to reach orbit

The Astra LV0006 sliding across the launch pad after an engine failed to fire.

Astra’s first rocket launch since it the company went public wasn’t exactly the success the company hoped for. An engine failing to fire a second into the launch caused the rocket to hover sideways before attempting to reach orbit. The flight safety crew purposely stalled the engines 2 minutes and 28 seconds into the flight after a piece of the rocket appeared to break off.

Before returning to earth it had reached an altitude of 31 miles.

The two-stage Launch Vehicle 0006 (or LV0006) was originally scheduled to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska on Friday, August 27. That launch was delayed until August 28 after the rocket’s guidance system called an abort. According to Space the initial abort was due to an engine configuration issue.

While the second launch attempt failed to reach orbit Astra CEO Chris Kemp seemed optimistic when speaking to CNBC. “It was obviously not successful at putting anything in orbit, but it was a flight where we learned a tremendous amount.” He noted that the attempt contributed a “tremendous amount of data” that would be reviewed and that Astra planned to use what it had learned and apply it to the LV0007 currently in production.

On Twitter Kemp noted the engine failed to fire but said he was “incredibly proud” of the Astra team for its performance during the launch.

You can watch the entire launch here.

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Has this created more waste or was the rocket able to land safely back on earth?

before failing to reach orbit
Read the headline, it only got 31miles/50KM up

That doesn’t answer the question. Was it safely able to land, did it crash, or did it tear apart or burn up?

None of Astras rockets are designed to land, even when successful, as the very patient employee of Astra had to keep answering, again and again, on the live broadcast.

Um, unless the rocket is explicitly stated as reusable then the default is that it completely expends its self.

No one really reported on what happened after, I did my best to research it. However, the last images show parts of the rocket continuing to break up and it entering an uncontrolled dive back towards the Earth, so I am assuming that it crashed. Given the height and velocity, I don’t think any of the parts would be salvageable from this rocket. It was however, carrying a special payload for Space Force, so that is likely why there is little information from the crash site, as they wouldn’t want people to have details.

See my post below.

Flight control sent a ‘Terminate’ command, which I assume destroyed the vehicle so that it would re-enter as small pieces. If you watch the full video, you’ll see that it went into an uncontrolled spin after main engine cutoff.

cha cha real smooth

K-k-Kansei dorifto??

What surprises me the most is the ‘numbering scheme’: they are prepared for 9,999 launches!

Usually, people uses two digits… 99 launches… (OK, James Bond was 007!)

This was the most bizarre launch I have ever seen! Credit to the rocket’s guidance system to be able to recover from a massive thrust failure to continue to stay upright and attempt to finish the mission, but going sideways is a strange way to do it.

If they can make it go sideways faster, it’ll be solid competition for Hyperloop.

*Really.

Real is the opposite of Not Real.

Really is a degree of how much.

This was very impressive, despite the mission failure. Most any other vehicle would have been a total loss at the pad.

As soon as it leaned, butt clenched. But the fact it still pulled off some kind of launch was impressive. The guidance systems on these things have improved greatly thanks to private firms entering the space trade; if this was a NASA designed launch vehicle they would have blown the thing up as soon as it hit a 1% lean, shrugged shoulders, and then invest $10 billion in taxpayers’ money rebuilding the site.

The guidance system on this thing recognized it was headed toward’s Destination F**d and actually f**d off rather than f**ing up the site.

Watching the full video is amazing. You can practically hear the rocket yelling out, "I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!"

Astra rocket joins EV Hummer and Rivian R1T as high tech crab-walking vehicles.

Am I the only person wondering if this was even remotely related to SES-Astra and the Astra fleet of satellites?

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