Astra stressed that she did not expect to reach orbit with her first rocket. He expected three flights before reaching that milestone. However, the mission ended earlier than expected and the company positioned the premature end as an opportunity to gather “valuable experiences” and flight data. He remained confident that it could reach orbit as planned.
The next Rocket 3.2 vehicle is already complete and you should see it launch sometime after Astra spent “several weeks”
The Alameda-based company is effectively a competitor to Rocket Lab, with a similar goal of launching payloads into orbit at a lower cost than usual. To some extent, it has already been successful: Rocket 3.1 took off with a launch system implemented by just six people in less than a week. While this won’t necessarily be true for future launches, it does show that large ground personnel aren’t always needed.
– Jennifer Culton (@CultonJennifer) 12 September 2020