The seventh test of the space startup Astra has begun

There has been a major accomplishment with the 2016-built Astra, California space launch, as the LV0007 launch vehicle has successfully completed its initial mission. It's been five years since a space company has been able to find work, but that's apparently about to change.

The LV0007 during a static fire test

With the goal of making the world "healthier and more connected," Astra is fixing the last few issues with the car's launch so that it can finally hit the market. This "invisible mode" startup may be one of the three 2019 DARPA Launch Challenge finalists. At the end of that year, the firm finished constructing its spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, and its missile factory in California.

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But there is no way to succeed. According to The Verge, the company's missile for the DARPA 2020 launch challenge was unsuccessful despite the company's previous success. In September of that year, another attempt to launch was thwarted by malfunctions in the missile's guidance system. Before the year was out, the 3.2 rocket had made it into space, but it ran out of fuel before it could reach its target orbit. The Astra 3.3 missile LV0006, launched in August for US military testing, successfully veered off course shortly after takeoff, causing the launch to be aborted. The company's CEO, Chris Kemp, has assured investors and the public that they will not abandon their plans for the upcoming launch. At 1:16 a.m. ET, Launch Vehicle 0007 (LV0007) blasted off from Spaceport Alaska with a test payload for the United States military. After 9 minutes of slowly traveling through space, the rocket reached an orbital altitude of 310 miles (500 km).

Astra has secured contracts to launch up to 50 payloads, allowing them to take advantage of economies of scale and reduce start-up costs. It has recently joined the ranks of other private space companies competing for launch contracts thanks to its success. Apollo Fusion, whose focus is on the use of electric propulsion in space, was acquired by the company in addition to the public announcement made in July. The business, as Kemp put it, is just getting started.

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