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 acout 100 kg to low earth orbit.
This vehicle likely builds on the experience gained by developing the SALVO launch vehicle. 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.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Astra (1)||Stage 1 / 5 × ?||Dummy Stage 2|
|Astra||Stage 1 / 5 × ?||Stage 2|
No.TypNo Type Date LS Payload
1 1 Astra (1) 21.07.2018 *F Kd LP-3B R&D (Rocket 1) Planned 2 2 Astra (1) xx.09.2018 * Kd LP-3B R&D (Test Flight 2) Failures: 1: vehicle failed shortly after launch Launch sites: Kd = Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska (Kodiak Launch Complex), Kodiak Island, Narrow Cape, Alaska, USA