Main Engine Cut Off

Astra Launched, Learned Something

Speaking of early shutdowns, Astra launched just about two weeks ago, but the results are unclear—the FAA stated there was a mishap, and Alaska Aerospace told SpaceNews that “the customer is very pleased with the outcome of the launch.”

I take that to mean that the launch ended with some sort of incident, but made it far enough along that Astra learned quite a bit from it, and have plenty of data to work with moving forward.