Like SpaceX, ASTRA SPACE also HUMILIATES Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin!

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Like SpaceX, ASTRA SPACE also HUMILIATES Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin!
More than half of the global space launch market excluding China is dominated by SpaceX in 2021. A company named Astra is showing signs of fierce competition in the future. While experienced companies like Boeing and well-funded ones like Blue Origin still dream of getting some of their vehicles off the ground, this underdog has been able to go close to touching the orbit in its second test attempt. The latest attempt could not carry on the success due to an issue it faced in the initial stages of the launch but the research and development that followed were extraordinary. What happened at the most recent testing done by Astra and how has the problem been solved so timely? Which are the things that make this company a force to be reckoned with by SpaceX and other operators like Blue Origin, working in the satellite launch market?
The video today will first go over when has Astra been on the market and what are its plans. Then we will discuss the third and most recent launch done by the company and how it has quickly traced the anomaly. After that, the results of the findings and updates being made to the upcoming space vehicle will be looked into. The last part of the video will go over how the upcoming launch is very important for Astra and what are the stakes. Here’s a quick reminder that you can subscribe for free and like the video so that we can boost the algorithm. Comments are most welcomed and the best ones will get featured in one of our upcoming videos
What Is Astra?
The company came into being in 2016 and its objective is to capture a major portion of the small satellite launch market. Its main focus is on mass production, cost-effectiveness, and continuous revolving of small rockets. Three orbital test flight attempts have been made by it till now. Back in September 2020, the first try was a failure because the Astra Rocket 3.1 met a guidance issue moments after lifting off. After the passage of only three months, the next-in-line vehicle was able to go all the way up to space but it ran out of propellant right before reaching orbital velocity. The most recent one was with LV006 in which it decided to move sideways.
Astras Third Launch and Anomaly detection
On the 28th of August 2021. The Bay Area company performed its third orbital liftoff. It sent Vehicle 0006 or LV0006 towards the sky from Alaska’s Pacific Spaceport Complex during a test being done for the US Military. LV006 did something peculiar and started moving laterally instead of upwards. It slid off the launch pad but soon caught its footing and rose to the sky. This was not enough for the 43 foot or 13-meter talk rocket as it did not recover from the initial stumbling. It led to the termination of the mission in just a matter of 2 and a half minutes. This period is right around when the mechanical stresses on a space vehicle are the highest.
Both the US Federal Aviation Administration and Astra have been scrutinizing the soon fruitful event. Astra was the one to announce on the 12 of October that the root cause of the weird behavior was found. It was an issue with the propellant distribution system in the first five-stage engines running LV0006. The chief engineer and vice president at Astra, Benjamin Lyon shared a blog post in which he said that “On this launch, propellants leaked from the system, mixed, and became trapped in an enclosed space beneath the interface between the rocket and the launcher.”
He further added that “Those propellants were ignited by the engine exhaust, causing an overpressure event that severed the connection to the electronics that control the fuel pump, shutting down the engine less than one second after liftoff,” “This is why the rocket hovered until it could take off with only four engines producing thrust. The vehicle then returned to a normal trajectory, passing through max-Q. After that point, the four remaining engines did not have sufficient power to enable the vehicle to make orbit.”
Astra Finds Upgrades LV007
improved our verification processes for both design and operations. Together, we believe these changes significantly reduce the likelihood of seeing a similar event in the future.”
These updates and upgrades will be seen on the LV007 as they have already been implemented on it as it awaits a chance to fly very soon. According to the schedule, it will lift off from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in a window between 27th October and 31st October. In case it is missed, there will be another one from 5th to 12th of November. Similar to lV006, it will also carry a test payload under the test program run by the Department of Defence.

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11 comments
  1. Wrong. The last Astra launch did NOT suffer guidance issues. The guidance system was amazing! It was robust enough to keep the rocket hovering and headed a "safe" direction, albeit horizontally, until it could burn off enough fuel to get light enough to accelerate after losing 1-of-5 engines at lift-off.

  2. Rocketry is HARD!!! Very hard. You need deep, deep pockets. Many try very few succeed.
    Spacex survived by the skin of its teeth. If its fourth launch had failed it was game over. Credit to NASA and its Administrator for saving Spacex after a successful 4th launch. It was a bold risk that paid off for NASA and the USA.
    Now, the real question is – what deep pockets are behind Astra and how many failures can it tolerate before being forced to shut its doors?

  3. So, where was the humiliation for blue origin? All I heard was how astra failed 3 times and has another try scheduled.

  4. I have read the solution is to pay the licence to make engines designed by the competitor.

  5. Bezos are big loser 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😆😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  6. Blue Origin's BE-4 engine still doesn't work.
    So Bezos tried to sue it.
    He failed, just like his engine. #JeffWho

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