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Astra Space Clean Launch of New Booster, Finishes DARPA Launch Challenge

Astra Space scrubbed the launch of its new booster from the Pacific Spaceport Complex — Alaska (PSC — Alaska) right now, placing an finish to its try and win $12 million within the DARPA Launch Challenge and the competition itself.

The countdown reached 53 seconds previous to a scheduled liftoff at 11:55 a.m. AKST (3:55 EST). The steering, navigation and management officer known as a maintain on the launch for an undisclosed information downside.

Astra Space spent the next two hours making an attempt to handle the issue and launch the rocket with 4 satellites aboard. The firm scrubbed the launch with about 30 minutes left within the three-hour launch window.

Astra Space, which relies in Alemeda, Calif., was making an attempt to win $2 million from DARPA for launching right now. If it was profitable, the corporate would have been given a chance to conduct a second launch from a distinct pad at PSC — Alaska inside days to win a further $10 million.

The competition challenged corporations to conduct two launches on comparatively quick discover inside a couple of weeks from completely different areas.

Astra Space was given two weeks to relocate its booster and gear to Alaska and conduct a launch. Monday was the final day within the launch window for the primary launch.

Astra Space was the final firm standing within the DARPA competition. Virgin Orbit backup VOX Space pulled out of the opposition to focus on the as yet pending lady trip of its LauncherOne booster. Vector Space filed for chapter.

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