Astra rocket fails to launch NASA’s Hurricane satellite

Astra rocket fails to launch NASA’s Hurricane satellite

An Astra rocket carrying two small hurricane-tracking satellites for NASA failed to reach orbit Sunday (June 12) after a major malfunction shortly after launch.

The Astra rocket, named Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), suffered a second stage failure after lifting off from a platform at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT (1743 GMT). Two NASA CubeSats, the first of a fleet of six satellites tracking hurricanes as part of a $30 million mission, were lost.

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