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Status

DARPA Launch Challenge Flight 2

Launch Time
NET March, 2020

Rocket

Rocket 3.0
Astra
Status: Active
Price: $2.5 million
Liftoff Thrust: 133 kN
Payload to LEO: 204 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 12.0 m

Mission Details

DARPA Launch Challenge Flight 2

The goal of the DARPA Launch Challenge is to demonstrate responsive and flexible space launch capabilities from the burgeoning industry of small launch providers. For nearly 60 years, the nation’s space architecture has been built around exquisite systems that are launched by large, expensive boosters. The development cycle with the systems is tedious, with a process driven by a desire to reduce risk, rather than deliver timely capabilities. The DARPA Launch Challenge seeks to demonstrate new and groundbreaking capabilities to address emerging Department of Defense needs. The challenge will culminate in two separate launch competitions to low Earth orbit (LEO) within days of each other at different locations in the United States.
Low Earth Orbit

Location

LP-3A, Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA