Another rocket is on its way to the Space Coast. The California rocket maker Astra said on Monday that it will launch a NASA mission from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Force Station in January (Dec. 6). Astra’s first flight from Florida will take off from Launch Complex-46 at Cape Canaveral. In less than a year, this historic launch site has been prepped for a new commercial launch partner, marking a significant achievement for our combined team and demonstrating how SLD 45 sets the pace for Space access.
SLD 45, Space Florida, and Astra have demonstrated crucial and timely launch capabilities at a breakneck pace. Astra provided no additional information regarding the planned trip. It could, however, be ELaNa 41, a craft that will launch five miniature cubesats as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites programme.
The firm, on the other hand, has long planned to expand its launch operations to various locations across the world. Astra, for example, has a contract with NASA to launch the TROPICS mission. TROPICS will use six cubesats launched by Astra during three missions next year from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific to study hurricane origin and evolution.
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