American secret rocket caught on video
American company Astra Space in the secret mode, is developing ultra-light missile Astra video carrier of the channel ABC7 News was uploaded on YouTube.
Yes, that’s a rocket. And yes, it was tested just a stone’s throw from some of Alameda”s finest drinking establishments. pic.twitter.com/JVftjRrWvf
— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) 17 Feb 2018
Reporters managed to capture Astra after bench firing tests of the propulsion system of first stage carrier. In Space Astra declined to comment.
Astra Space, said channel not covered on its activities to the media, but actively cooperating with the authorities and the military. In particular, for tests of the rocket company uses the premises of the air base of the U.S. Navy Alameda, California. The source channel reported that in a startup employs one hundred people.
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Media Astra is designed for insertion into the earth orbit to one hundred kilograms of payload. The number of stages of the launch, reaching a height of 12 meters, and the number of engines of the first stage, is unknown.
The closest competitor, the Astra can be considered as the Electron rocket company Rocket Lab, designed for insertion into the earth orbit of up to 150 pounds of cargo.