Astra rocket won’t launch NASA hurricane satellites

Astra rocket won’t launch NASA hurricane satellites

Astra rocket won’t launch NASA hurricane satellites

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

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