Astra emphasized that it did not expect to launch with its first rocket. It expected three flights before reaching the milestone. However, the mission ended faster than expected, and the company positioned it prematurely as a chance to gather “valuable experience” and flight data. It remained confident that it could get on track as planned.
The follow-up to the Rocket 3.2 vehicle has already been completed, and you should see a launch sometime after Astra spends “several weeks”
The Alameda-based company is effectively a competitor to Rocket Lab, with a similar goal of launching payloads in orbit at less cost than usual. To some extent it is already successful – Rocket 3.1 took off with a launch system that was distributed by only six people in less than a week. While this may not necessarily be true for future launches, it shows that you do not always need extensive ground crews.
– Jennifer Culton (@CultonJennifer) September 12, 2020