Author Topic: Astra R3.3 - LV0009 - S4 CROSSOVER - PSCA LP-3B - March 15 2022 16:22 UTC  (Read 30646 times)

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This topic is for updates and discussion of this mission.

Astra Rocket 3.3 - LV0009 - Spaceflight Astra-1.
Quote from: Astra
This mission includes a payload for NearSpace Launch, the S4 CROSSOVER, and Portland State Aerospace Society’s OreSat0.
https://astra.com/spaceflight-astra-1/

Launching from PSCA LP-3B.

Primary Day = Monday, February 28 2022 at 14:30-15:30 UTC (05:30-06:30 AKST).
Backup Days = March 1 to March 7 at the same time.
Primary Day = Sunday, March 13 2022 at 16:22-16:51 UTC (08:22-08:51 AKDT).
Backup Days = March 14 to March 15 2022 at the same time.

The PSCA launch id is P135 P136.
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Per discussion in the ABL RS1 topic, beginning at https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=55274.msg2330101#msg2330101, recent past/future PSCA mission ids appear to be:

P132 = Astra LV0006
P133 = ABL RS1
P134 = Astra LV0007
P135 = Astra LV0009

This notice from the PSCA does not identify the launch provider, but does give mission id P135.

Note: The dates match the PSCA Integrated Launch Schedule from the PSCA website.

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Any idea of payloads?
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Any idea of payloads?

Only the S4 CROSSOVER payload, which will stay attached to the upper stage.

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Croos-Post:
SFN Launch Schedule, updated January 27:Astra LV0008 launch delayed to February.
This will probably push the LV0009 launch back a few more days, perhaps to March, unless they already have a large enough team to support two launches at different sites in a short period of time.
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Any idea of payloads?
I heard it was also going to host some of the cubesats that were dropped from the Transporter-3 mission due to the fuel leak.
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The PSCA notice of this launch in this week's USCG District 5 Local Notice to Mariners has been updated.

Despite the delay to LV0008, the scheduling has not been changed.  Only the hazard areas have been changed.

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The PSCA notice of this launch in this week's USCG District 5 Local Notice to Mariners has been updated.

The launch period has been pushed back eight days.

Primary Day = Monday, February 28 2022 at 14:30-15:30 UTC (05:30-06:30 AKST).
Backup Days = March 1 to March 7 at the same time.

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PSCA has updated their Integrated Range Schedule to reflect the schedule change for P135 (Astra LV0009).

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This launch is obviously TBD because of the issue with the launch of LV0008.

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The PSCA notice of this launch in this week's USCG District 5 Local Notice to Mariners has been updated.

The launch period has been pushed back eight days.

Primary Day = Monday, February 28 2022 at 14:30-15:30 UTC (05:30-06:30 AKST).
Backup Days = March 1 to March 7 at the same time.
Do we still have this restriction active? Until Astra completes the research we will not have this launch
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The PSCA notice of this launch in this week's USCG District 5 Local Notice to Mariners has been updated.

The launch period has been pushed back eight days.

Primary Day = Monday, February 28 2022 at 14:30-15:30 UTC (05:30-06:30 AKST).
Backup Days = March 1 to March 7 at the same time.
Do we still have this restriction active? Until Astra completes the research we will not have this launch

The USCG LNM's only come out once per week.  We'll have to see what's in the next one.

The embedded notice might still be there, seeing how as PSCA has not yet removed the launch from the Integrated Range Schedule on their website.  But even if it is, I would not consider that as any kind of sign that the launch has any chance of taking place as scheduled.

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The PSCA notice of this launch in this week's USCG District 5 Local Notice to Mariners has been updated.

The launch period has been pushed back eight days.

Primary Day = Monday, February 28 2022 at 14:30-15:30 UTC (05:30-06:30 AKST).
Backup Days = March 1 to March 7 at the same time.
Do we still have this restriction active? Until Astra completes the research we will not have this launch

The USCG LNM's only come out once per week.  We'll have to see what's in the next one.

The embedded notice might still be there, seeing how as PSCA has not yet removed the launch from the Integrated Range Schedule on their website.  But even if it is, I would not consider that as any kind of sign that the launch has any chance of taking place as scheduled.

The weekly USCG District 17 Local Notice to Mariners that came out today still has the notice for P135 from February 28 to March 7 2022, however as I already said, I do not consider that as any kind of sign that the launch has any chance of taking place as scheduled.

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Could Astra have already recovered from its last launch?https://twitter.com/SpaceTfrs/status/1494791611586424833
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This makes it a little clearer that Astra may attempt a launch soon.
https://twitter.com/SpaceTfrs/status/1494823318813294598
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I suspect that the TFR was initiated by PSCA, who seems to think that the launch is still on.  The notice in the USCF LNM is explicitly from PSCA, as is the Integrated Range Schedule on the PSCA (Alaska Aerospace) website.

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The last two sentences of this press release from Astra about the LV0008 failure makes it clear that LV0009 is currently unscheduled.

Post-Launch Investigation: What We’re Doing

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We will share more about what we have uncovered when our investigation with the FAA is complete. Following that, we expect a safe return to launch.

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I guess the word finally got through to PSCA.  They've uploaded a new Integrated Range Schedule today.  P135 (LV0009) is gone.

But there is a new launch, P136, scheduled for March 8 to March 15.  This is the first reference to P136 that I've seen.

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Per this PSCA notice embedded in this week's USCG District 17 Local Notice to Mariners, P136 is the new launch id for what used to be P135.

Note that Alaska moves from AKST (UTC-09:00) to AKDT (UTC-08:00) early on Sunday, March 13.  The launch window is 07:22-08:22 Alaska time for the entire March 8 to March 15 launch period.  But the UTC time is 16:22-17:22 UTC for March 8 to March 12 and changes to 15:22-16:22 for March 13 to March 15.
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