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This topic is for updates and discussion of this mission.

Astra Rocket 3.3 - LV0008 - NASA VCLS Demo-2A (ELaNa 41).

Launching from CCSFS SLC-46.

Tuesday, January 18 Sunday, January 23
Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 20:30 UTC (3:30 pm EST).
Window: Saturday, February 5 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).
SCRUB Saturday, February 5, due to a range asset (FTS radar) out of service.
Monday, February 7 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).
Abort and SCRUB Monday, February 7, due a telemetry issue.

Next attempt = Thursday, February 10 at 20:00-21:00 UTC (15:00-16:00 EST).

Backup Days = Friday, February 11, through Monday, February 14 2022 at 18:00-21:00 UTC (13:00-16:00 EST).

Quote from: NASA
ELaNa 41
Mission: Astra Space Inc., VCLS Demo-2
5 CubeSat Missions scheduled to be deployed

  *  BAMA-1 - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  *  CURIE - University of California, Berkeley
  *  INCA - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  *  QubeSat - University of California, Berkeley
  *  R5-S1 - NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Details: ELaNa 41 Mission
« Last Edit: 02/10/2022 07:39 pm by gongora »

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Cross-post:

Astra is on track to test its LV0008 vehicle with a static fire test at LC-46.https://twitter.com/vishaldalmia/status/1480555064540471302

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Cross-post:
From the latest FAA ATCSSC Operations Plan:

Quote from: FAA
PRIMARY         18/1800-2137Z    -ASTRA3.3
BACKUP          19-22/1800-2137Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_otherdis.jsp?advn=16&adv_date=01122022&facId=DCC&title=OPERATIONS+PLAN&titleDate=01/12/22

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December 6, 2021 - press release from Astra:

Astra Announces Launch for NASA from Cape Canaveral in January

Quote from: Astra
ALAMEDA, California. December 6, 2021– Astra Space, Inc. (“Astra”) (Nasdaq: ASTR) today announced that it plans to deploy its first satellite in orbit for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in January 2022. The launch from Cape Canaveral will be conducted out of Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46) and will be Astra’s first launch out of Cape Canaveral.

“This historic launch site has been prepared for a new commercial launch partner in less than year, which is a tremendous milestone for our combined team, and illustrates how SLD 45 sets the pace for access to space.” said Brigadier General Stephen Purdy, Commander of Space Launch Delta 45 and Director of the Eastern Range. “SLD 45, Space Florida, and Astra have moved at a rapid speed to demonstrate critical and responsive launch capabilities. We are excited to welcome Astra to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.”

Astra and Space Launch Delta 45, a part of the United States Space Force, enabled Astra to launch out of Cape Canaveral in record time – shortening the multi-year approval time to months.

“Launching out of the Cape allows us to serve customers with mid-inclination delivery needs, broadening our market,” said Martin Attiq, Chief Business Officer at Astra. “This is an additional step in our global spaceport strategy and positions us to serve the broad low earth orbit (LEO) market.”

Astra’s launch will be livestreamed in partnership with NASASpaceFlight. Updates will be shared on Astra’s Twitter feed, @astra.
Quote from: Astra
Space Launch Complex-46 in Cape Canaveral — Photo by John Kraus

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December 11, 2021 - press release from NASA:

NASA Awards Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 Contract

Quote from: NASA
NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 (VCLS Demo 2) contracts to launch small satellites (SmallSats) to space, including CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites. The three companies selected to provide these commercial launch capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are:

  *  Astra Space Inc. of Alameda, California: $3.9 million
  *  Relativity Space Inc. of Long Beach, California: $3.0 million
  *  Firefly Black LLC of Cedar Park, Texas: $9.8 million

SmallSats, including CubeSats, are playing an increasingly larger role in exploration, technology demonstration, scientific research, and educational investigations at NASA. These miniature satellites provide a low-cost platform for NASA missions.

LSP supports the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) by providing launch opportunities to CubeSats that are awaiting launch. The VCLS Demo 2 contracts will launch CubeSats selected through the CSLI to demonstrate a launch capability for smaller payloads that NASA anticipates it will require on a recurring basis for future science missions.

The Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has partnered with LSP to fund the VCLS Demo 2 contracts. These VCLS Demo 2 launches of small satellites can tolerate a higher level of risk than larger missions and will demonstrate – and help mitigate – risks associated with the use of new launch vehicles providing access to space for future small spacecraft and missions.

For more information about NASA’s Launch Services Program, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/index.html

For more information about NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html

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FYI There will be 4 #cubesat payloads on this @Astra launch  - all of which were integrated by @Nanoracks - Be sure to tune in on Friday for more details.

https://twitter.com/Nanoracks/status/1481756927076016132

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Curious to learn about what’s on board @NASA’s ELaNa 41 mission? Join us today at 8:00a.m. PST for a Q&A with mission experts and Astra’s Director of Product Management:

https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1482009383592595457

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Static fire attempt @1300E today, Saturday Jan. 15.
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Did it happen?
Static fire attempt @1300E today, Saturday Jan. 15.



SFN Launch Schedule, dated January 15:
Astra Rocket launch delayed.  No new launch date given.
« Last Edit: 01/15/2022 09:33 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Launch Photography also now shows it as TBA:

Quote from: Launch Photography
Astra rocket / January TBA @ 1-4pm EST

http://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html

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Per the FAA ATCSCC Operations Plan, the launch is now planned for Sunday, January 23 with a backup day of Wednesday, January 26.

Quote from: FAA
PRIMARY        23/1800-2137Z        -ASTRA3.3A
BACKUP         26/1800-2137Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_otherdis.jsp?advn=45&adv_date=01172022&facId=DCC&title=OPERATIONS+PLAN&titleDate=01/17/22

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Per the FAA ATCSCC Operations Plan, the launch is now planned for Sunday, January 23 with a backup day of Wednesday, January 26.

Quote from: FAA
PRIMARY        23/1800-2137Z        -ASTRA3.3A
BACKUP         26/1800-2137Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_otherdis.jsp?advn=45&adv_date=01172022&facId=DCC&title=OPERATIONS+PLAN&titleDate=01/17/22

Looks like it may have been delayed once again:

Quote
DAL GROUND DELAY PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED. IAD REMAINS IN THE PLAN AS WE
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE WIND CONDITIONS. TEB ADDED TO THE PLAN DUE TO
SPIKING DEMAND. SERMN_SOUTH ROUTE EXPIRES. STARLINK 4-6 ROCKET LAUNCH FOR
THIS AFTERNOON WAS CANCELLED. ASTRA3.3A SPACE OPERATION WAS ALSO REMOVED
FROM THE PLAN.
VIP TFR EXPECTED TO BE EXTENDED TILL 18/1700. ALL ASSOCIATED
ROUTES WIL BE EXTENDED AS NECESSARY. NO VIP MOVEMENT IS EXPECTED TODAY.

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_otherdis.jsp?advn=61&adv_date=01172022&facId=DCC&title=OPERATIONS+PLAN&titleDate=01/17/22

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Per the FAA ATCSCC Operations Plan, the launch is now planned for Sunday, January 23 with a backup day of Wednesday, January 26.

Quote from: FAA
PRIMARY        23/1800-2137Z        -ASTRA3.3A
BACKUP         26/1800-2137Z

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_otherdis.jsp?advn=45&adv_date=01172022&facId=DCC&title=OPERATIONS+PLAN&titleDate=01/17/22

Looks like it may have been delayed once again:

Quote
DAL GROUND DELAY PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED. IAD REMAINS IN THE PLAN AS WE
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE WIND CONDITIONS. TEB ADDED TO THE PLAN DUE TO
SPIKING DEMAND. SERMN_SOUTH ROUTE EXPIRES. STARLINK 4-6 ROCKET LAUNCH FOR
THIS AFTERNOON WAS CANCELLED. ASTRA3.3A SPACE OPERATION WAS ALSO REMOVED
FROM THE PLAN.
VIP TFR EXPECTED TO BE EXTENDED TILL 18/1700. ALL ASSOCIATED
ROUTES WIL BE EXTENDED AS NECESSARY. NO VIP MOVEMENT IS EXPECTED TODAY.

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_otherdis.jsp?advn=61&adv_date=01172022&facId=DCC&title=OPERATIONS+PLAN&titleDate=01/17/22

Yeah, I just saw that.  So I guess we just wait until someone makes up their mind. 🙄

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NOTAM:

A0065/22 NOTAMN
Q) KZJX/QWMLW/IV/NBO/W/000/999/
A) KZJX PART 1 OF 5
B) 2201191600
C) 2201192142
D) SEE TEXT
E) EROP J0001 ASTRA V3.3 DEMO-2.  ATTENTION AIRLINE DISPATCHERS,
SOME OPS APPEAR TO BE USING THE NOTAM BEGINNING TIME TO START FILING
ROUTES AROUND THE LAUNCH OPS. BECAUSE OF THE INDEFINITE OPENING
TIME, SOME AIRLINE OPS ARE REROUTING FLTS UNNECESSARILY.  LAUNCH
HAZARD AREA TIMES IN THE NOTAM ARE ALT SPECIFIC AND DO NOT AFFECT
ALL OPS. THIS NOTAM CONTAINS A BREAKDOWN OF THE TIMES FOR PRE-LAUNCH
AND LAUNCH CLOSURES. THE FOLLOWING AIRSPACE IS IN USE FOR A MISSILE
LAUNCH/SPLASH DOWN:
EFFECTIVE:
2201191600-2201192118 W497A W OF 80 WEST, SFC-5000FT
2201191600-2201192118 CAPE-A ATC ASSIGNED AIRSPACE, SFC-FL180
2201191700-2201192118 CAPE-B ATC ASSIGNED AIRSPACE, SFC-FL180
2201191730-2201192118 R2933, 5000FT-UNL
2201191730-2201192118 R2934, SFC-UNL
2201191800-2201192142 ACFT HAZARD AREAS DEFINED IN CARF NOTAMS FOR
ALT RESERVATIONS IN ZMA AIRSPACE. SEE CARF NOTAMS FOR ALT
RESERVATION (ALTRV) EROP J0001 ASTRA V3.3 DEMO-2. ALL TFC REGARDLESS

E) OF ALT MUST BE ESTIMATED TO CLEAR OCEANIC ALTRV AIRSPACE BY
2201191755. KZNY REQUEST ACFT CERTIFIED FOR RNP 4/10 FILE ROUTES TO
AVOID ALTRV AIRSPACE IN ZWY OCEANIC CTA/FIR BY 25NM, AND NON CRTFY
RNP 4/10 ACFT AVOID ALTRV AIRSPACE BY 45NM DURING THE HAZARD PERIOD
2201191800-2201192142. EFFECTIVE: 2201191800-2201192137 TRANSITIONAL
HAZARD AREA WI AN AREA DEFINED AS FROM 2827N08040W TO 2837N08032W TO
2955N07856W TO 3110N07700W TO 2941N07653W TO 2900N07834W TO
2818N08030W TO POINT OF ORIGIN, SFC-UNL. THIS AREA ENCOMPASSES
PORTIONS OF ASSOCIATED ALTRV. ACFT ESTABLISHED ON PREAPPROVED
DEFINED ROUTES MAY TRANSITION THE TRANSITIONAL HAZARD AREA. ACFT ON
THESE ROUTES MAY NOT DEVIATE UNLESS CLEARED BY ATC. THE FOLLOWING
ROUTES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE AIRSPACE NOTED ABV:
AR6, AR15, Y185, Y585, AR17, AR21, AR19, AR22, AR16, AR18, BR65V,
AR23, AR24, Y319, Y309, Y323, AR3, Y307, M202, M203, Y299, Y291,
Y289, AR5, Y438, L451, L375, L435, M326, L452, L453, L454, AND M204,
EXPECT THE FOLLOWING INTL RERTE:
AR6/AR15 CLSD AT 1625Z

E) Y185/Y585 CLSD NW OF CVIKK. 
NB TFC RERTE VIA COUKY RENAH OCTAL MATLK Q87 VIYAP SAV CHS NEXT FIX
   SB TFC RERTE VIA DEBRL TRV CVIKK Y585/Y185
AR17   CLSD. OVR FLT TFC RERTE VIA CAKET Q97 MALET PBI VKZ NEXT FIX
AR21   CLSD. FLL LTFC RERTE VIA CLEOO TEEKY1. OPF LTFC RERTE VIA DANSE
FROGZ1.
AR19   CLSD. PBI/BCT ARVLS EXPECT RERTE VIA CHS CAKET Q97 MALET DDANY
BORRD CPTAN1.
AR22   CLSD. MIA/TMB ARVLS RERTE VIA DEBRL CSTAL1.
AR16   CLSD. EXPECT RERTE VIA MATLK Q87 VIYAP SAV CHS ILM NEXT FIX
AR18   CLSD. EXPECT RERTE VIA MATLK Q87 VIYAP SAV CHS DIW NEXT FIX
BR65V   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
AR23   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
AR24   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
Y319   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
Y309   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
Y323   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.

E) AR3   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
Y307   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
M202   CLSD BTN UKOKA AND OMALA.
M203   CLSD BTN SNAGY AND PERDO
Y299   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
Y291   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
Y289   CLSD. RERTE INLAND.
AR5   CLSD.
Y438   CLSD.
L451   CLSD BTN JAINS AND ILIDO. RERTE VIA COUKY RENAH OCTAL MATLK Q87
VIYAP SAV CHS NEXT FIX.
L375/L435 CLSD BTN FLUPS AND JAINS. RERTE VIA BRKZZ LFANO M595 MILLE
OCTAL
MATLK Q87 VIYAP SAV CHS NEXT FIX.
M326   CLSD BTN JAINS AND ALOBI. RERTE VIA JIMAC M327 SUMRS A699 PBI
OLAKE MATLK Q87 VIYAP SAV CHS NEXT FIX
L452   CLSD BTN OMALA AND KANUX. RERTE VIA GTK ZQA OCTAL MATLK Q87

E) VIYAP SAV CHS NEXT FIX.
L453   CLSD BTN LSIER AND ALOBI. RNP 4/10 RERTE VIA CERDA LUCTI L454
PERDO SAUCR L453. NON RNP 4/10 RERTE VIA  CERDA LUCTI DUPOX L455
SAVIK NEXT FIX
L454   RNP 4/10 ONLY BTN GOUGH AND SAVON. NON RNP 4/10 RERTE VIA SAVON
BEXUM GOUGH.
M204   RNP 4/10 ONLY BTN BEXUM AND ALOBI. NON RNP 4/10 RERTE VIA BEXUM
SAVON SUMRS NEXT FIX.
F) SFC
G) UNL
END PART 5 OF 5
CREATED: 15 Jan 2022 04:16:00
SOURCE: KZJX

« Last Edit: 01/17/2022 07:35 pm by Liss »
This message reflects my personal opinion based on open sources of information.

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The FAA TFR website had TFRs for the 18th and the 19th, then they removed them for both days, and now they've reinstated the ones for the 19th (plural because the KSC/CCSFS TFRs are posted for both Miami and Jacksonville).

Do we trust them or not?  ("I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.")

Edit: So far no notice from the NGA.
« Last Edit: 01/17/2022 07:46 pm by Ken the Bin »

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This tweet casts doubt on a January 19 launch.

https://twitter.com/Kemp/status/1483207358675259392

Quote from: Chris Kemp
Preparations are underway for @Astra’s first launch out of Cape Canaveral and first orbital payload delivery for @NASA! We will announce launch date/time once we receive our launch license from the FAA and complete static fire.

Photos: @johnkrausphotos

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So do they static fire with the payloads integrated?

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This NGA notice that came out has January 23 with a backup date of January 26, like the FAA ATCSCC Ops Plan had for a while.

Quote from: NGA
180352Z JAN 22
NAVAREA IV 53/22(11,14,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   231800Z TO 232142Z JAN, ALTERNATE
   261800Z TO 262142Z JAN
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-30-18N 080-32-57W, 30-05-00N 077-42-00W,
      31-02-00N 075-45-00W, 30-56-00N 075-40-00W,
      29-59-00N 077-24-00W, 28-26-00N 080-14-00W,
      28-25-00N 080-32-00W, 28-26-09N 080-33-54W.
   B. 36-50-00N 063-20-00W, 38-47-00N 056-33-00W,
      37-46-00N 055-51-00W, 35-32-00N 062-39-00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 262242Z JAN 22.

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The FAA TFRs for January 19 have been withdrawn.

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https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1484171477654118406

Quote from: Jeff Foust
Astra’s Chris Kemp says that their first launch from Cape Canaveral is coming up in the next week or so.

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