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Astra suffers loss of weather satellites

Astra Space’s mission to launch NASA satellites fails. Second-stage booster engine shuts down early in space.

Where: Cape Canaveral, Florida

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On Sunday, rocket firm Astra Space’s (ASTR.O) mission to send tiny storm-monitoring NASA satellites into orbit failed after a second-stage booster engine shut down early in space.
The failure occurred roughly 10 minutes after a successful liftoff of Astra’s Rocket 3.3 at 1:43 p.m. ET (17:43 GMT) from a launchpad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Astra’s live stream commentator, Amanda Durk Frye, stated, “We had a nominal first-stage flight. However, the upper-stage engine did shutdown early, and we did not deliver our payloads to orbit.”
The rocket carried two small satellites designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory to measure moisture and precipitation in tropical storm systems.
Astra’s previous NASA mission also failed to reach orbit and deploy its spacecraft.

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