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TROPICS-3

Astra Rocket 3

Astra Space

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Mission

TROPICS-3

Type: Earth Science
Launch Cost: $2,500,000

Last two operational (TROPICS-06 & TROPICS-07) satellites for NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of SmallSats (TROPICS) mission.

The CubeSats are designed to provide rapid-refresh microwave measurements that can be used to determine temperature, pressure, and humidity inside hurricanes as they form and evolve.

Mission patch for TROPICS-3

Location

Space Launch Complex 46

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

853 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Astra Rocket 3 – Astra Space

Family: Astra Rocket
Length: 11.6 m
Diameter: 1.32 m

Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 100 kg

The Astra Rocket 3 was manufactured by Astra Space with the first launch on 2020-09-12. Astra Rocket 3 has 2 successful launches and 5 failed launches with a total of 7 launches. Astra Rocket 3.0 is the third version and first orbital version of Astra Space’s small satellite launch vehicle. It is designed to carry 100kg in LEO.

Agency

Astra Space

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: AS
Administration: Geoffrey Crowley
Founded: 2005
Launchers: 213

Country: USA

Astra Space is a launch vehicle company based in San Francisco, California, that develops pump-fed, liquid bipropellant propulsion engines for DARPA and NASA as well as their Astra Rocket launch vehicle.

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