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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #40 on: 03/29/2018 03:56 am »
Some more detailed information about Astra Space, including a table detailing $21 million in government funding.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2018/03/26/ventionsastra-space/

I wonder if Rocket Lab could have bid for those NASA contracts regarding electric pump cryogenic engines. Because Rutherford seems to fit the bill of what they are asking, and have flight legacy under the belt.

Ventions was working on electropumps before I left Masten back in 2010. It just took them longer to get to the point where they could raise sufficient funding to go after a full launch vehicle.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #41 on: 04/02/2018 05:57 pm »
Astra has been issued a launch license by the FAA
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #42 on: 04/03/2018 09:04 pm »
Tweet from Jeff Foust:
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Looks like Astra Space, which received an FAA launch license just days ago, is gearing up for a launch: an FAA NOTAM for “ROCKET LAUNCH ACT” is in place for airspace near Kodiak, Alaska, on Thursday: http://bit.ly/2JeB2c0

Beginning Date and Time :   April 05, 2018 at 2000 UTC
Ending Date and Time :   April 06, 2018 at 0200 UTC
Alaska is UTC-8 right now.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #43 on: 04/03/2018 09:09 pm »
[Offtopic]Hmm, the Astra launch license is 18-112.  I wonder who has 18-110 and 18-111.[/Offtopic]

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #44 on: 04/04/2018 07:50 am »

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #45 on: 04/05/2018 08:07 pm »
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Look like, according to airspace restrictions, the launch is indeed now planned for Friday, with Saturday also reserved.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #46 on: 04/05/2018 08:48 pm »
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Look like, according to airspace restrictions, the launch is indeed now planned for Friday, with Saturday also reserved.

Caution is always wise, especially on a first launch. Keeping my fingers crossed for the Astra team.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #47 on: 04/07/2018 12:01 am »
Tweet from Jeff Foust:
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Look like, according to airspace restrictions, the launch is indeed now planned for Friday, with Saturday also reserved.

Caution is always wise, especially on a first launch. Keeping my fingers crossed for the Astra team.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #48 on: 04/07/2018 05:02 am »
https://twitter.com/kdmgabe/status/982423619119661057
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Astra Space launch scrubbed minutes before launch. "It's very disappointing," said Bruce Walter, spaceport facilities director. Full story in Monday's @kodiakmirror

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #49 on: 04/07/2018 06:48 am »
In case you don't follow him, Ben Brockert tends to reveal several details about Astra on his Twitter feed:-

https://twitter.com/wikkit?lang=en


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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #50 on: 04/08/2018 03:15 am »
This article (paywalled) may have additional details on the scrub, but I don't have access.
http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/news/article_495a50a0-3a0b-11e8-9d83-530214afd41b.html

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #51 on: 04/10/2018 08:55 am »
Full article re-published in SF Chronicle:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Missile-launch-canceled-at-spaceport-complex-in-12816956.php

Walter said the launch would have been Astra's first. He said no timeline has been established for another launch attempt by the company. "We're going to be talking about that in the next few days," Walter said. "Not anytime soon."

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #52 on: 04/14/2018 02:51 pm »
FCC ELS File Number 0696-EX-ST-2018
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This STA is required for the telemetry transmissions from Astra Test Launch 1, a suborbital test of a new commercial launch vehicle. We currently have STA [1013-EX-ST-2017] for the same vehicle, which expires on April 19th, 2018. Our launch window was cut short due to conflicts at the range prior to our launch. The range has given us a new launch window of May 10-14. We are hoping to get a new STA to cover the new launch window.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #53 on: 04/26/2018 09:34 pm »
FCC ELS File Number 0696-EX-ST-2018
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This STA is required for the telemetry transmissions from Astra Test Launch 1, a suborbital test of a new commercial launch vehicle. We currently have STA [1013-EX-ST-2017] for the same vehicle, which expires on April 19th, 2018. Our launch window was cut short due to conflicts at the range prior to our launch. The range has given us a new launch window of May 10-14. We are hoping to get a new STA to cover the new launch window.

This permit was granted on the 24th and appears to be valid for six months, starting May 8.
https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/els/reports/STA_Print.cfm?mode=current&application_seq=84139

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #54 on: 04/30/2018 09:38 pm »
Rocket launch at Kodiak spaceport complex scheduled for May
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The new launch is scheduled for May 10 or May 11, said Mike Morton, a director of the Alaska Aerospace Corp.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #55 on: 05/07/2018 06:16 pm »
Rocket launch at Kodiak spaceport complex scheduled for May
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The new launch is scheduled for May 10 or May 11, said Mike Morton, a director of the Alaska Aerospace Corp.

This is coming up later this week. Hopefully they have better luck this time around.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #56 on: 05/10/2018 04:11 pm »
New launch time: NET May 11, from 20:00UTC


NOTAM
Number :     FDC 8/4098
Issue Date :     May 10, 2018 at 1422 UTC
Location :     KODIAK, Alaska
Beginning Date and Time :     May 11, 2018 UTC 2000-0200 Daily
Ending Date and Time :     May 13, 2018 UTC
Reason for NOTAM :     DUE TO ROCKET LAUNCH ACT
Type :     Space Operations
Replaced NOTAM(s) :     N/A

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #57 on: 05/11/2018 04:56 pm »
Gabe Stutman, a local reporter up there just tweeted that the weather is clear, and he'll be tweeting updates.

https://twitter.com/kdmgabe
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #58 on: 05/11/2018 08:29 pm »
Tweet reports loud boom in direction of launch site, no rocket in the air...

Sounds not so good.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #59 on: 05/11/2018 08:33 pm »
He said no launch today, more info later. Din't mention smoke, or anything else, so maybe not a serious issue.

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