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Astra Rocket-3 Test Payload

Astra Rocket-3 upper stage (?) [anonymous]

Astra Rocket-3 Test Payload are vehicle evaluation payloads for the maiden flights of the Astra Rocket-3 rocket. The flights carried no real payload, only the instrumented upper stage was to be put into orbit.

The Astra Rocket-3.0 mission was destroyed on 23 March 2020 during a launch pad accident.

The Astra Rocket-3.1 mission was lost in the actual first orbital attempt on 12 September 2020.

The third attempt, Astra Rocket-3.2 was launched on 15 December 2020. This flight passed the Karman-line, but upper stage apparently stopped shortly before reaching orbital velocity.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: Astra Space Inc.
Contractors: Astra Space Inc.
Configuration: Instrumented upper stage
Power: Batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Astra Rocket-3.0 2020-E01 (23.03.2020) Kd LP-3B F% Astra Rocket-3 destroyed in static fire accident
Astra Rocket-3.1 2020-F07 12.09.2020 Kd LP-3B F Astra Rocket-3
Astra Rocket-3.2 2020-F10 15.12.2020 Kd LP-3B F Astra Rocket-3

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