back to article Astra fails, sends NASA's Tropics weather satellites back to Earth

The first of NASA's TROPICS constellation launches came to an unscheduled end over the weekend as the Astra launch vehicle it was riding failed to deliver the cubesats to orbit. It was all going so well. The two cubesats lifted off atop an Astra Rocket 3 from Space Launch Complex 46 at approximately 1343 EDT on June 12, 2022 …

  1. hoola Silver badge

    It is all about the terminology

    I just love the way these sorts of statements are worded:

    "We had a nominal first stage flight. The upper stage shut down early and we did not deliver the payloads to orbit."

    Translates into

    "The rocket failed to reach orbit and the payload was destroyed."

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: It is all about the terminology

      Yeah, but, scientifically.

  2. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

    "Space is hard."

    Space is big, really big.

    Sorry not sorry - Pint to Douglas.

    1. ClockworkOwl

      Re: "Space is hard."

      And yet they still missed?

      Maybe they were trying to fly instead...

    2. Alan Brown Silver badge

      Re: "Space is hard."

      and the earth is really really hard at these speeds - even the wet bits

      1. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge

        Re: "Space is hard."

        They dont even make it down to the wet bits... even the air is hard at those speeds

      2. vincent himpe

        Re: "Space is hard."

        ask the whale .. or the petunia

  3. OldCrow 1975

    Better call Elon

    Looks like SpaceX is the only sure ticket to space. Unless THAT IS IF FAILURE IS AN OPTION.

    Better call Musk.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Better call Elon

      If the solution is Elon Tessier-Ashpool then civilisation is fucked.

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