Ventions’ successor Astra Space has suborbital test launch failure – thought to be its second

by | Dec 12, 2018 | Launches, Suborbital

Space News reports that Astra Space Inc – a successor company to Ventions, the California pump-fed rocket engine developer – is reported to have had a failure of its second test rocket on 29 November 2018 flying on a south-southwesterly track out of the Kodiak Island launch site in Alaska.  No details of the launch failure have been revealed except to note that it was a test flight of the first stage of a planned two stage orbit capable vehicle.  A dummy upper stage was being carried.  A previous flight of the rocket from the same launch site on 20 July also suffered a “mishap” according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Kodiak Island launch site is run by the Alaska Aerospace Corp. Courtesy: Seradata

The original Ventions firm became well known for its work on DARPA Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) programme – a project to produce a rocket carried initially on the underside of an F-15E fighter jet. That failed after its mixed propellant/oxidiser concept was found to be unsafe.

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