5 Kodiak rocket launch ends in crash and explosion of rocket.
California-based Astra launched the first test flight of its 38-foot tall Rocket 3.1 vehicle on Friday, September 11. It rose from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island. The flight did not last long. All appeared to go well with the launch, but as the Rocket 3.1 began to drift off-course, launch controllers were forced to shutdown the engine, around 25 seconds after liftoff. The rocket booster fell to the ground, exploding in a fireball. The aim of the mission, ultimately, is to have a vehicle reach Earth’s orbit.