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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #320 on: 03/02/2020 07:35 pm »


Live stream of today's launch attempt. As of this post, they're holding at T-15.

EDIT: Also, here's the dedicated thread.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=50156.0
« Last Edit: 03/02/2020 07:37 pm by JEF_300 »
Wait, ∆V? This site will accept the ∆ symbol? How many times have I written out the word "delta" for no reason?

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #321 on: 03/02/2020 08:00 pm »
Launch commentary mentioned "the fuel tanks and the single LOX tank", so yeah, seems like the second stage is dissimilar to the first stage.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #322 on: 03/02/2020 08:07 pm »
Callouts during the poll included “Ether” and “Odin” as I heard them
Ether is the “upper” stage
What is Odin?

Ether was said to have 700 pounds of thrust. IIRC
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #323 on: 03/03/2020 07:04 am »
https://twitter.com/kemp/status/1234705643094675456

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #324 on: 03/16/2020 08:43 pm »
Astra Space is located in Alameda:

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Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will be placed under a shelter-in-place directive by public health officials in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a move that will close virtually all businesses and direct residents to remain at home for the next three weeks.
San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals said he believed that the order, announced in a pair of press conferences Monday afternoon, put the six counties — San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda — on perhaps the most restrictive public health footing anywhere in America since the outbreak of the potentially deadly coronavirus.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-16/nine-san-francisco-bay-area-counties-ordered-to-shelter-in-place
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #325 on: 06/02/2020 04:38 am »
Steve Jurvetson just posted a bunch of photos of astra hardware to his Flickr including the first engine they built:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/49960952648/

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #326 on: 06/03/2020 09:11 pm »
Steve Jurvetson just posted a bunch of photos of astra hardware to his Flickr including the first engine they built:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/49960952648/

Huh. I'm surprised they are ok showing so much detail. That it's a pintle engine, the pintle diameter, single igniter, pressure transducer plugs etc... Maybe it's a deprecated design or something...

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #327 on: 06/04/2020 01:22 am »
Steve Jurvetson just posted a bunch of photos of astra hardware to his Flickr including the first engine they built:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/49960952648/

Huh. I'm surprised they are ok showing so much detail. That it's a pintle engine, the pintle diameter, single igniter, pressure transducer plugs etc... Maybe it's a deprecated design or something...
Astra can't afford to be secretive anymore now that they desperately need investment capital to survive.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #328 on: 08/22/2020 07:00 pm »
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Space Companies With ‘Astra’ Name Fighting Over Who Gets Brand

Aug. 20, 2020, 8:20 PM

COURT: N.D. Cal.
TRACK DOCKET: No. 3:20-cv-5859 (Bloomberg Law Subscription)
COMPANY INFO: Atmospheric and Space Technology Research Associates LLC, Astra Space Inc. (Bloomberg Law Subscription)

Rocket maker Astra Space Inc. is accused of trademark infringement by a company with a similar name that develops instruments and computer models used in orbit.

Atmospheric and Space Technology Research Associates LLC, known as ASTRA, said the rocket maker’s name confuses customers, according to a lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/space-companies-with-astra-name-fighting-over-who-gets-brand

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #331 on: 11/19/2020 06:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/astra/status/1329489151780012033

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We’re excited to announce that Rocket 3.2 is ready for launch! Having completed testing, Rocket 3.2 will soon begin its journey to our launch facility in Kodiak, Alaska. Our launch window is from December 7th to the 18th and is open everyday from 11am to 2pm PT.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #332 on: 11/21/2020 03:13 am »
https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_4332.html

The corresponding NOTAM

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FDC 0/4332 ZAN AK..AIRSPACE KODIAK, AK..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.143 TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT WI AREA BOUNDED BY 572303.09N/1524434.09W TO 573028.77N/1524723.50W TO 573614.81N/1524340.66W TO 574037.92N/1521145.24W TO 573115.78N/1514726.02W TO 572645.86N/1515320.99W TO 571612.68N/1515542.66W TO 570952.47N/1522235.09W TO 570613.17N/1523033.16W TO 565809.82N/1524016.59W TO 565530.70N/1525454.50W TO POINT OF ORIGIN SFC-UNL DUE TO ROCKET LAUNCH ACT. ANCHORAGE /ZAN/ ARTCC TEL 907-269-1103 IS THE FAA CDN FACILITY. DLY 1900-2230 2012071900-2012182230

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #333 on: 11/29/2020 01:01 am »
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #334 on: 12/04/2020 04:57 pm »
Astra got a license for an unlimited number of Rocket 3 launches from Kodiak:
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #335 on: 12/11/2020 09:23 pm »
NASA Awards Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 Contract

-Astra Space Inc. of Alameda, California: $3.9 million

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-venture-class-launch-services-demonstration-2-contract

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We are honored to have been selected by @NASA to deliver Mission One as part of the CubeSat Launch Initiative! Congratulations to our fellow selectees. Read more here:

https://twitter.com/Astra/status/1337538221920538624
« Last Edit: 12/14/2020 03:11 pm by yg1968 »

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #336 on: 12/16/2020 11:01 am »
As Astra has electrical driven turbopumps: Do they do a battery hot swap on the second stage like Rocket Lab?
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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #337 on: 12/16/2020 11:14 am »
Second stage appears to be pressure-fed, not pump-fed.

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #338 on: 12/16/2020 12:02 pm »
Since Astra got to 7.2 km/sec when aiming for a polar orbit, it would have been extremely close to orbital speed if it had been aimed east from a low latitude launch site, which adds about 400 m/s.   They now have pretty good odds for their next attempt, I think.
« Last Edit: 12/16/2020 12:09 pm by LouScheffer »

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Re: Astra Space
« Reply #339 on: 12/16/2020 07:21 pm »
So.... why isn't this in the Other US Launchers section?  Always forget it is here in the Commercial section.

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