Astra Rocket-1.0 [Astra]
Astra Rocket-2.0 [Astra]
Astra Rocket-3.1 (Flight 1) [Astra]
Astra Rocket-3.3 (STP-27AD1) [Astra]
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 Delphin engines of 28 kN thrust each driven by battery-powered pumps, the second stage uses an engine called Aether. It uses a minimum ground infrastructure, which can be set up in short term at different launch sites.
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 test flight occured on 21 July 2018 with failure shortly after launch.
The second suborbital flight in November 2018 also failed shortly after launch and fell near the launch pad, after all five engines failed.
The first orbital version, Rocket-3.0 is a two stage vehicle. Stage one apparently uses a common bulkhead design, contrary to the two prototypes. It has a diameter of 1.32 m and a height of 11.6 m. Three vehicles are built of this initial version for flight tests, before producing improved versions.
The maiden orbital flight in March 2020 was to carry payloads for the DARPA Launch Challenge (Prometheus 2.10, ARCE 1A, 1B 1C, SOARS), but as the flight was not able to lift off during the launch window of the challenge, the payloads were returned to the owners. Another attempt to launch the rocket later in March 2020 resulted in the destruction of the vehicle during a wet dress rehearsal (unclear, if a payload was on board). Further launch attempts later in 2020 will use the two remaining rockets. On the first of these attempts called Rocket-3.1 no actual payload was flown and only stage two was planned to reach orbit. It failed about 30 seconds into the flight and impacted near the launch site.
The launch vehicle does not require a fixed launch infrastructure, as all of these components are transportable by air lift and can be set up at any clean-pad launch site.
Note: Although the manufacturer apparently calls the launch vehicle just "Rocket", it will be referred by the name "Astra Rocket" on this website for practical reasons, as the term "Rocket" would be rather meaningless in the site search.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Astra Rocket-1||Stage 1 / 5 × Delphin||Dummy Stage 2|
|Astra Rocket-2||Stage 1 / 5 × Delphin||Dummy Stage 2|
|Astra Rocket-3||Stage 1 / 5 × Delphin||Stage 2 / Aether|
|Astra Rocket-3.3||Stage 1 (str.) / 5 × Delphin||Stage 2 / Aether|
|Astra Rocket-4||Stage 1 / x × Reaver-X||Stage 2 / ?|
No.TypNo Type Serial Date LS Payload
1 1 Astra Rocket-1 Rocket-1.0 21.07.2018 *F Kd LP-2 R&D 2 1 Astra Rocket-2 Rocket-2.0 29.11.2018 *F Kd LP-2 R&D (3) (1) Astra Rocket-3 Rocket-3.0 23.03.2020 F% Kd LP-3B Astra Rocket-3.0 3 1 Astra Rocket-3 Rocket-3.1 12.09.2020 F Kd LP-3B Astra Rocket-3.1 4 2 Astra Rocket-3 Rocket-3.2 15.12.2020 F Kd LP-3B Astra Rocket-3.2 5 1 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0006 28.08.2021 F Kd LP-3B STP-27AD1 6 2 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0007 20.11.2021 Kd LP-3B STP-27AD2 7 3 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0008 10.02.2022 F CC SLC-46 BAMA 1 / INCA / R5 S1 / QubeSat 8 4 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0009 15.03.2022 Kd LP-3B S4 Crossover / OreSat 0 / SpaceBEE 112, ..., 127 / SpaceBEENZ 11, ..., 14 Planned x x Astra Rocket-3.3 . xx.xx.2022 ? Flock-a 1, ..., TBD (multiple launches) x x Astra Rocket-3.3 . xx.04.2022 ? Lemur-2 a1, ..., ax (multiple launches) 9 5 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0010 xx.06.2022 CC SLC-46 TROPICS 02 / TROPICS 03 10 6 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0011 xx.06.2022 CC SLC-46 TROPICS 04 / TROPICS 05 11 7 Astra Rocket-3.3 LV0012 xx.07.2022 CC SLC-46 TROPICS 06 / TROPICS 07 To be manifested: NSLSAT 1 Failures: 1: flight terminated 21 seconds after launch 2: flight failed shortly after launch (3): accident during wet dress rehearsal 3: flight terminated ~30 seconds after launch due to pogo/thrust oscillations that pushed the rocket off course. 4: upper stage apparently stopped shortly before reaching orbital velocity Launch sites: CC = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Kd = Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska (Kodiak Launch Complex), Kodiak Island, Narrow Cape, Alaska, USA SxV = SaxaVord Spaceport, Unst, Shetland Islands, UK WI = Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Wallops Island, Virginia, USA