A small, relatively new rocket company, Astra Space, based in California, failed to fly on Saturday after a launch in Alaska, partially backed by the U.S. space force. About 2 1/2 minutes after leaving Kodiak at 6:30 pm, the rocket crashed. EDT said the company did not elaborate on what happened. Following the failure, the company pursued an unexplained attempted suspension the previous day. The launch was aborted just seconds before the planned landing. Astra Space did not release details of the payments on Saturday, except that it will include sensors to monitor the situation during the launch of future space missions.
Company officials said the 38-foot rocket was expected to learn a lot from telecommunications data before experiencing “technical difficulties.”
A top executive at Astra Space, a publicly-traded company, acknowledged the risks of building an experimental rocket during an August 12 telephone conversation.
Chris Kemp, Founder and CEO of Astra at Amsterdam, said, “We need to make progress and take appropriate technical risks to maximize our learning.”
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