Astra Rocket 3.3 - TROPICS-1. Will it explode again? [Live: 12.06.2022, 16:00 UTC]

in STEMGeeks9 months ago (edited)

Astra had a bumpy ride until they ironed out a few issues. Out of the first eight missions, only two were successful.

It will carry two out of six TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) satellites to low-earth orbit.
TROPICS stands for "Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats". It will be a constellation of six 3U CubeSats. The satellites will measure temperature and moisture of tropical weather systems, in order to study how storms form and develop.

Astra is launching from Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

Payload mass is 2 x 5,34kg.

Main selling points for Astra:

  • launch on short notice
  • from everywhere

Rocket, ground equidment and launch pad fits into two shipping cointainers. These can be deployed by ship, plane or truck.

How Astra is Building Lower-Cost Rockets | Factory Tour

Where to watch:

Check your local time of launch at:

List of Astra rocket launches: Wikipedia

Scott Manley: Why This Rocket Went Sideways Off The Launch Pad

Scott Manley: Astra's Secret Rocket Project Finally Reveals Itself

The Angry Astronaut: NEW CONTROVERSY!! Astra Space a pipedream? Or the next SpaceX?

Astra has had a string of unfortunate and spectacular failures in the beginning:

Useful links to stay up to date on launches: Launch Schedule

Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews

Space News:

NASA Spaceflight

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Well, it didn't explode but it did fail to reach orbit...

Spun out of control because the engine shut down early. They were so close.

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