Astra aiming for 1st Florida launch on Saturday

Astra will launch from Cape Canaveral Saturday for the first time from Florida this weekend. The launch will take NASA’s ELaNa 41 mission to orbit.

Astra’s Rocket 3.3 vehicle performs a static fire test at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Jan. 22, 2022, to prep for the launch of the ELaNa-41 mission. Photo by John Kraus

Astra is preparing to launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday, Feb.5, the California company announced via Twitter on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Astra’s new Part 450 launch license, issued in just three months, will, with planned modifications, make it easier to launch at a higher frequency out of more launch sites. Part 450 is a new launch licensing regulation to streamline commercial launches in the United States.


The FAA has issued Marine Hazard for Astra’s launch. After last week’s scrub of a SpaceX launch due to Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise violating the launch hazard, more security will be around the hazard zone to protect boaters.

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You’ll be able to watch the launch here on our Launch Calendar. Coverage will begin at 12pm EST on Saturday.

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