Astra rocket lost 2 NASA satellites due to cooling failure

A “runaway incident” caused the catastrophic loss of Astra’s last Rocket 3 launch last June, the company announced on Wednesday (March 1).

Astra’s Launch Vehicle 0010 lost two NASA hurricane-tracking cube sets on June 12, 2022 after a failure in the second stage of the booster, called Rocket 3.3. The overall Rocket 3 line, which faced a reported five failures in seven launches, was canceled in August; Astra is working on making improvements for a more powerful Rocket 4 version.

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