CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astra Space announced that the FAA has approved its investigation plan into the failed launch of four satellites on Feb. 10.
In a tweet, Astra said it expects a return to launches following the completion of the investigation.
On Tuesday, officials with Astra said they were conducting a flight data review in addition to a timeline reconstruction “to understand what happened and when.”
Astra said initial findings show an anomaly following the main engine cutoff is the likely cause of the failed launch.
After several delays, Astra officials hoped the third attempt to launch their first rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station would put the fledgling space company on the spaceflight stage with other launch companies.
The Rocket 3.3, which was carrying a batch of CubeSats, or miniature satellites, never made it to orbit.
Astra’s first launch for NASA was originally scheduled for Feb. 5 but was scrubbed after issues with the launch range radar system.
Then on Feb. 7, Astra was forced to abort its second launch attempt at the last second due to a “minor telemetry issue.”
Astra Space is one of two companies chosen by NASA to launch the miniature satellites as the space agency looks to increase its role in space exploration, research and education.
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