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Astra’s third orbital launch attempt suffers engine failure and termination

Astra’s third orbital launch attempt suffers engine failure and termination

Source: NASA Spaceflight
Date Published: 08/28/2021

Continuing the iterative path toward reaching orbit, Astra attempted its third orbital launch on August 28. The first Rocket 3.3 vehicle, designated LV0006, lifted off on Saturday, August 28 at 15:45 PDT (22:45 UTC). Less than one second after liftoff, an engine on the first stage failed, causing a sideways ascent off the pad. LV0006 temporarily recovered and reached approximately 50 km altitude before the range commanded the remaining engines to shut down, ending the mission.

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