Updated: December 16, 2020, 2:14 p.m. IS
Washington [US], December 16 (ANI / Sputnik): A spacecraft launched by the US company Astra did not reach orbit due to an upper stage failure, the website spacenews.com reported.
Astra’s Rocket 3.2 took off from the Alaskan Pacific Spaceport Complex at 8:55 PM GMT Tuesday.
According to Chris Kemp, the founder and CEO of Astra, who was quoted by the news agency, the upper stage stopped working 12-15 seconds earlier than planned due to running out of fuel. The launcher reached an altitude of about 242 miles but did not reach orbital speed.
This is the second of the company’s three lunches in 2020. The first mission in September ended during the first burn phase and crashed near the launch site. The third should take place in a few months.
Astra was founded in 2016 and has since developed a two-stage rocket for launching spacecraft. In 2018, the rocket made two suborbital flights, both of which had flight problems. (ANI / Sputnik)