Launches at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska on Kodiak Island.
Photo credit: Alaska Aerospace Corp.
WASHINGTON – A test flight of a small launcher in Alaska The start-up ended in failure by the end of November, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Speaking on December 6 at a US Chamber of Commerce conference discussing the commercial space agency's approach, the FAA's chief administrator, Dan Elwell, recently mentioned but not yet reported a week ago with a start with launch in Alaska.
"The recent launch accident is an example of why I'm confident we're on the right track," he said. "You see, missiles are complex, powerful vehicles that fail every now and then, but because of our approach to licensing and the precautions that operators are taking, nobody in public has ever been hurt."
"We have that in Alaska a Today a week ago," he continued. "Although all five engines failed, all the debris landed at the border to the spaceport and there were no injuries or property damage to the uninvolved public."
Elwell gave no further details about the event and left the conference without questions. According to the FAA's list of approved launches on its website, Astra launched the "Astra Rocket 2" from Alaska on November 29th. No payload is specified for this launch, and the site has no further mission details.
A launch license issued by the FAA to Astra Space Inc. on October 1
The launch included a first stage but an "Upper" Stage Mass Simulator instead of an active upper stage.The rocket was supposed to fly at a 195 degree azimuth or just west of just south of the spaceport, but the license did not include the planned one Flight altitude or distance for the mission.
As the name implies, the launch was the second for Astra Space, and the company made its first suborbital launch, also by Kodiak on July 20. The launch took place under foggy conditions and the result was also secret The FAA said the launch had suffered an unspecified "mishap", but Alaska Aerospace Corp. for this launch, which he did not disclose based on a non-disclosure agreement, he was very happy with the result of the launch Satisfied.
Alaska Aerospace Corp. did not immediately respond to a request for a Nov. 29 statement. Accident start An FAA source said in the background and, the accident did not cause any damage to the spaceport.
Astra Space has also not commented on the launch error. Based in Alameda, California, the company has been working on a small launcher capable of bringing 100 kilograms into near-Earth orbit, as stated in the lease to the city of Alameda for a building used by the company. The company has been referred to as a "Stealth Space Company" in some job offers.
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