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Astra will go again for its first orbital launch, CEO Chris Kemp tells me, with a window set to open on July 20 from Alaska's Pacific Spaceport Complex.

Photo: Astra / John Kraus
« Last Edit: 09/12/2020 08:29 am by input~2 »

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #1 on: 06/13/2020 01:47 am »
Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
« Last Edit: 06/13/2020 09:43 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #2 on: 06/13/2020 08:31 pm »
Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
I think it's still (1 of 3).
edit: I stand corrected.  :-[ :-X  ;)
« Last Edit: 06/14/2020 10:09 am by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #3 on: 06/13/2020 08:48 pm »
Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
I think it's still (1 of 3).
If it doesn't go well, with the next be 1 of 4?
Maybe if they have no more failures in a few years the second half dozen will start with "7 of 9".  ;)
« Last Edit: 06/13/2020 09:44 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #4 on: 06/13/2020 08:59 pm »
Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
I think it's still (1 of 3).

1 of 3 is no more, I'd think it would make sense to increment the number
« Last Edit: 06/13/2020 09:45 pm by zubenelgenubi »

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #5 on: 06/13/2020 09:32 pm »
Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
That would be my guess.  "1 of 3" was "damaged" during a March 24 prelaunch test "anomaly" that left a giant burned scar in the landscape that was visible from space later.  Probably an AMOS 6 (or SN4) like event without the YouTube video.

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #6 on: 06/13/2020 09:46 pm »
I split off the splinter discussion into a new launch thread.

"1 of 3" launch thread

Astra Space (small launch vehicle)
« Last Edit: 06/13/2020 11:01 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
I think it's still (1 of 3).
If it doesn't go well, with the next be 1 of 4?
Maybe if they have no more failures in a few years the second half dozen will start with "7 of 9".  ;)
If it doesn't go well maybe last thing Vector launches.

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Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
I think it's still (1 of 3).
If it doesn't go well, with the next be 1 of 4?
Maybe if they have no more failures in a few years the second half dozen will start with "7 of 9".  ;)
If it doesn't go well maybe last thing Vector launches.
Vector's back? ;-)

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Is this one going to be called Rocket 3.0 (2 of 3)?
I think it's still (1 of 3).
If it doesn't go well, with the next be 1 of 4?
Maybe if they have no more failures in a few years the second half dozen will start with "7 of 9".  ;)
If it doesn't go well maybe last thing Vector launches.
Vector's back? ;-)
My mistake, getting these small LV companies mixed up. Last thing Astra launches.

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #10 on: 06/16/2020 12:21 pm »
twitter.com/astra/status/1272865773204066306

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Despite COVID-19, damage to our launch system, and on-going events affecting our country, the team has been impressively resilient and weíve confirmed a launch window beginning July 20th out of Kodiak, Alaska!

https://twitter.com/astra/status/1272865773958991872

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Success for this flight means we accomplish enough to make orbit within three flights, which we have defined as at least achieving a nominal first stage burn.

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #11 on: 06/16/2020 02:12 pm »
twitter.com/astra/status/1272894108735090688

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Astra has announced the opening of their next launch window from Kodiak, Alaska: July 20th!

Iím happy to share Iíll be back to photograph the companyís first orbital launch attempt.

Letís look at some previously-unreleased images I captured for Astra earlier this year:

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1272891116229201921

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In the above photo, Astraís Rocket 3.0 is seen venting on the day of a launch attempt that was ultimately scrubbed due to weather. The high-contrast of whiteout skies made for a unique frame.

Below, the vehicle is seen during a water suppression system test.

twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1272891130674372617

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A stunning Alaska sunrise with Astraís Rocket 3.0.

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1272891145870348288

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Pacific Spaceport Complex ó Alaska is an incredibly scenic spaceport. This was where I was poised to view liftoff in early March. Iím looking forward to seeing a similar view next month.

All photos: Me for @Astra

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https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/06/16/san-francisco-startup-astra-is-going-for-its-first-orbital-rocket-launch-in-july.html

Astra CEO Chris Kemp told CNBC that that he will restart the company's fundraising in the next month as well, which he says is "a function of the market recovering" for now.


Kemp went into more detail about the company's March anomaly, which destroyed its Rocket 3.0 during launch preparations. He said that, "after a really successful rehearsal," a valve on the rocket stuck open while Astra was letting the fuel out of the rocket.
"It occurred during a phase of the tanking process where the relief valve couldn't relieve the pressure fast enough," Kemp said.
The valve is a piece Astra had built in-house and tested "thousands of times successfully," Kemp noted. It took several months of Astra trying to reproduce the failure before the company found the root cause. In the process of doing that, Astra also put in three levels of redundancy so it won't happen again.

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #13 on: 07/16/2020 05:23 pm »
https://twitter.com/astra/status/1283808474313265158

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Volume up!

twitter.com/astra/status/1283808475663892482

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Say hello to Rocket 3.1, our orbital launch vehicle that just passed its 2nd static hotfire test with flying colors. Having completed testing, Rocket 3.1 is now packed up and on its way to Kodiak, Alaska for our first orbital launch attempt!

https://twitter.com/astra/status/1283808476272029697

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We are narrowing and finalizing our launch window - we'll be announcing that window early next week!

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #14 on: 07/17/2020 08:50 am »
Hopefully this one has better luck! Looks like they are not using the "2 of 3" designation and have changed the name to 3.1.
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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #15 on: 07/17/2020 02:41 pm »
Rocket 3.1 appears on first inspection to have the same outer mold line as Rocket 3.0.  I wonder if the remaining 3.0's were scrapped, or upgraded to the 3.1 standard.

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.0 "2 of 3" - Kodiak - NET July 20, 2020
« Reply #16 on: 07/18/2020 05:40 pm »
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The Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) is planning to conduct a rocket launch from launch pad LP-3B at Narrow Cape, Kodiak, Alaska from 301930-302300 UTC which is 1130-1500 Alaska Daylight Savings Time on July 30th, 2020. If the launch does not occur on July 30th then it will be rescheduled for the following day during the same time window. Rescheduling could continue each day through August 7th, 2020. The following hazardous areas are recommended to be avoided during the daily launch windows. Additional information including the locations of the hazardous areas is available in an enclosure to this LNM.
https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm17282020.pdf
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Re: Astra Rocket 3.1 "1 of 2" - Kodiak - NET July 30, 2020
« Reply #17 on: 07/20/2020 10:20 pm »
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Our incredible team got together for one last photo with Rocket 3.1 before it headed up to Kodiak last week!

We're excited to announce that our 6-day launch window starts on August 2nd and is open from 12:30-4pm PT each day!
https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1285269482479300608

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.1 "1 of 2" - Kodiak - NET July 30, 2020
« Reply #18 on: 07/21/2020 12:16 am »
Well...two day slip in two days.  Still pretty close and should happen in the next month.  Nice to see everybody modeling good masking behavior...it ain't rocket science folks! :D

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Re: Astra Rocket 3.1 "1 of 2" - Kodiak - NET August 3, 2020
« Reply #19 on: 07/21/2020 08:17 am »
"our 6-day launch window starts on August 2nd and is open from 12:30-4pm PT" means August 2nd in UTC (PT = UTC+7), date in thread title is false.
« Last Edit: 07/21/2020 08:19 am by Bean Kenobi »

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