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Astra (F1) [abc7]

Astra (F2) [abc7]

Astra is a small satellite launch vehicle designed by Astra Space Inc, formerly known as Ventions Inc. Reportedly this is a small orbital launch vehicle capable of delivering about 100 kg to low earth orbit.

This vehicle likely builds on the experience gained by developing the air-launched SALVO launch vehicle, although it did not perform any launches. It is fueled by Kerosene and liquid oxygen (LOX). The first stage of Astra is powered by five engines driven by battery-powered pumps.

The rocket was spotted on a video in February 2018 apparently doing ground tests at Alameda Naval Air Station.

The company is the customer for a secretive "Rocket 1" suborbital launch at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island in 2018. The first suborbital testflight occured on 21 July 2018 with failure shortly after launch.

The second flight in November 2018 also failed shortly after launch and fell near the launch pad, after all five engines failed.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Astra (1) Stage 1 / 5 × ? Dummy Stage 2
Astra Stage 1 / 5 × ? Stage 2
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Astra 100 - - - -
No.TypNo Type             Date          LS             Payload 

 1   1   Astra (1)        21.07.2018 *F Kd LP-2        R&D (Rocket 1)
 2   1   Astra (2)        29.11.2018 *F Kd LP-3B       R&D (Test Flight 2)


 x   1   Astra            xx.09.2020    Kd LP-3B       NSLSAT 1 / ?
 x   x   Astra            xx.Q1.2020    Kd LP-3B       (DARPA) ?       


1: flight terminated 21 seconds after launch
2: flight failed shortly after launch

Launch sites:

Kd  = Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska (Kodiak Launch Complex), Kodiak Island, Narrow Cape, Alaska, USA USA