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Astra inventory drops after chopping quick rocket launch, with subsequent try anticipated within the coming days

[The livestream has ended. A replay of the webcast is available above.]

Astra Area lower quick its first launch try because the firm went public, with the rocket’s engines firing for a second after which shutting down.

The rocket didn’t carry off the bottom because of the launch abort, and Astra stated it can examine the reason for the problem. The corporate hopes to make one other try at launching as quickly as Saturday.

Shares of Astra fell greater than 10% in after-hours buying and selling from Friday’s shut at $11.67, earlier than rebounding partially to commerce down about 6%.

A screenshot of the corporate’s launch livestream exhibits the LV0006 rocket engines briefly firing earlier than an abort brought on the try’s postponement.


Astra is launching its rocket LV0006 from the Pacific Spaceport Complicated in Kodiak, Alaska. The U.S. Area Pressure is the primary paying buyer for an Astra launch, with a check payload flying on prime of the rocket.

The automobile stands 43 ft tall and suits within the small rocket section of the launch market. Astra’s objective is to launch as many as its small rockets as it could possibly, aiming to launch one rocket a day by 2025 and drop its $2.5 million value level even additional.

The mission will check quite a lot of upgrades to Astra’s rocket since its final mission in December. Whereas that prior mission made it to area, the rocket got here simply in need of reaching orbit.

LV0006 on the launchpad in Kodiak, Alaska.


The corporate’s window for this launch runs for 16 days till Sept. 11. A delayed rocket launch try, identified within the trade as a scrub, could happen for quite a lot of causes, starting from dangerous climate to a technical problem.

Astra partnered with NASASpaceflight — an area trade content material group that isn’t affiliated with the U.S. company — to webcast the launch.

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