Astra Reaches Orbit
United States Space Force test payload reaches precise orbit in under ten minutes
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Astra's LV0007 successfully reached orbit on
Astra's launch system successfully demonstrated the orbital placement of a test payload to an inclination of 86.0 degrees at an altitude of 500 km. The payload achieved an orbital velocity of 7.61 kilometers per second in 8 minutes and 47 seconds.
“Reaching orbit is a historic milestone for Astra," said
The United States Space Force contracted this launch through a Defense Innovation Unit Other Transaction Agreement.
Astra was founded in 2016 to launch a new generation of space services enabled by large constellations of small satellites in Low Earth Orbit. The team set out to design a rocket that could be mass produced like an automobile, and a launch system that could deliver payloads into orbit from spaceports everywhere, inspired by the opportunity to provide daily access to space. In just five years, Astra successfully “learned its way” to orbit, launch by launch, increasing capabilities and operational efficiencies with each iteration.
"We owe this success to our incredible team and the culture we’ve built at Astra." said
Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers the one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch service of any operational launch provider in the world. Astra completed its first commercial orbital launch in
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When we use the phrase “commercial orbital launch,” we mean a launch conducted under a FAA Commercial Launch License.