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On Nov. 21, Elon Musk congratulated Astra Space, a small launch vehicle startup in 2016, for successfully reaching orbit for the first time.
Astra Space’s Rocket 3.3 successfully achieved this milestone on a Nov. 20 launch.
The Rocket 3.3 vehicle, with the serial number LV0007, lifted off at 1:16 a.m. Eastern from Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska on Kodiak Island. Astra scrubbed a launch attempt the previous day after more than two hours of delays.
The launch carried a payload for the Space Test Program called STP-27AD2 through a contract arranged by the U.S. Space Force through the Defense Innovation Unit. The payload, designed to measure environmental conditions on the vehicle in flight, intentionally did not separate from the upper stage.
The flight went as planned, with the first stage firing for about three minutes. The upper stage then separated and fired its single-engine for approximately five and a half minutes, injecting the stage into an orbit nearly 500 kilometers high.
Astra just reached orbit SHOCKING Jeff’s Blue Origin, Elon Musk Reactions…
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