Astra Space is developing pump-fed, liquid bipropellant propulsion engines for DARPA and NASA.
The current vehicle, Rocket 3.0, is designed to have a payload capacity of approximately 100 kg to low earth orbit. The first Rocket 3.0 vehicle has completed a static fire test at Atwater. It is planned to launch from Alaska and reach orbit between 25 February 2020 and April 2020.
Astra is now the only competitor for the DARPA rapid launch project. One competitor withdrew and another went bankrupt.
Astra is currently offering dedicated launch services of 50kg-150kg payloads (to 500km SSO reference orbit) in 2020 and 2021.
The whole system fits inside a shipping container.
SOURCES – Astra Space, Scott Manley
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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