Space company launches first rocket for US Space Force from Kodiak

    Astra's LV0007 successfully reached orbit on Friday, November 19th. (Photo credit: Business Wire)

    Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) - A launch of a test rocket in Kodiak was successful over the weekend.

    The Space company Astra was founded 5 years ago with the objective to launch a new generation of space services enabled by large constellations of small satellites in Low Earth Orbit.

    The United States Space Force contracted the launch.

    Their team had been set out to design a rocket that could be mass-produced like an automobile, and a launch system that could deliver payloads into orbit from spaceports everywhere.

    5 years later, the space company announced this week that it completed its first commercial orbital launch for the United States Space Force late Friday night from Kodiak, Alaska, and at about 5 miles a second, achieved velocity sufficient to remain in orbit in 8 minutes and 47 seconds.

    Founder Chris Kemp says that reaching orbit is a historic milestone for the company, and says they can now turn their attention to scaling up rocket production.

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