Astra Space to Launch First of Three NASA Summer Launches Sunday Written 9 June 2022


Astra Space Rocket 3.0 | Credit: DARPA; Wikimedia Commons; Public Domain

The Orlando (FL) Sentinel reports that Astra Space “announced it could launch as early as Sunday on the first of three missions to send six tropical weather satellites into orbit for NASA.” The Rocket 3.3 “named LV0010 had a successful test fire at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 46 this week, and the company said the potential launch is awaiting a launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration.” The payload “is two of six small satellites that are part of the TROPICS mission, which stands for Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats.”
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