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Astra rocket aborts orbital test launch for US military at last second

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Astra aimed to reach orbit for the first time ever today (Aug. 27), but the company’s Rocket 3.3 aborted the liftoff at the last second. 

The 43-foot-tall (13 meters) Rocket 3.3, also known as Launch Vehicle 006, was poised to lift off from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska’s Kodiak Island today at 5:45 p.m. EDT (2145 GMT) on a milestone orbital test flight. And that very nearly happened: The countdown clock reached zero and the rocket’s first-stage engines ignited, but they shut down almost immediately.

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