American startup Astra, after a series of postponements due to weather conditions and other problems, finally conducted its debut Rocket 3.1 rocket launch on September 11 from the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska, located on Kodiak Island off the coast Alaska.
Rocket 3.1 was successfully launched at 11:19 PM EDT, but failed to reach its intended orbit.
“ Successful takeoff and further movement, but the flight was interrupted during the first stage. It looks like we got a long flight time. There will be other updates! “- the company tweeted.
Volume up! Rocket 3.1’s orbital launch attempt
pic.twitter.com/nm1bDewdl5 – Astra (@Astra) September 12, 2020
The failure was not a shock for Astra – debut flights rarely go smoothly. The company said before launch that the main goal is to reach orbit in three launches.
“ We did not achieve all of our goals, but we gained valuable experience and even more valuable flight data “, Astra noted in its blog.