IT Home on November 20th,Us aerospace startup Astra today successfully launched its launch vehicle LV0007, which reached an orbit 500 km above the earth's surface nine minutes later.This is the first successful launch of Astra's rocket, after a series of failures such as the LV0006 due to engine and attitude problems caused Astra's share price to plummet.
The LV0007 rocket is about 13 meters tall and uses a liquid oxygen kerosene engine for the first stage. The rocket carried only the experimental payload for test purposes. The first stage engine was fired for eight minutes before separation, and the second stage engine was fired.
As IT Home has learned,Astra was founded in 2016 with the goal of developing a small, economical rocket with a launch system small and flexible enough to fit in a single shipping container.The company has already signed contracts with SAN Francisco-based Planet to launch the rocket on a commercial mission. The company is scheduled to conduct three commercial satellite launches in 2022.
Astra also said that the LV0008/9/10 rocket is in production, and that the company is aiming beyond rockets to build its own satellite network. According to Space.com,The company recently submitted an application to America's FCC to build a communications network of more than 13,600 small satellites.