Astra’s 1st orbital test launch fails during first-stage engine burn

Astra’s first orbital mission got off the ground, but it soon came back down again. 

The California-based spaceflight startup launched its first orbital test flight tonight (Sept. 11), sending its two-stage Rocket 3.1 skyward from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska at 11:20 p.m. EDT (7:20 p.m. local Alaska time and 0320 GMT on Sept. 12).



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