Astra reaches orbit for the first time with LV0007 launch

Astra reaches orbit for the first time with LV0007 launch


Astra’s rocket prepares for takeoff from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska. | NASASpaceflight

Astra is now on the list of privately-owned space companies that have successfully reached orbit. Its Launch Vehicle 0007 (LV0007), which was carrying a test payload for the US military, took off from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak Island, Alaska on Saturday at 1:16AM ET. Following a smooth liftoff, the 43-foot rocket achieved orbit around nine minutes later at 500km above Earth.

“The team’s worked so hard on this for so many years,” said Astra CEO Chris Kemp during a livestream after…

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