Astra’s 1st orbital launch attempt scuttled by wayward boat

Astra was poised to send a rocket to Earth orbit for the first time ever last night (Aug. 2) — until a boat got in the way.

The California-based startup had to call off the launch of its Rocket 3.1 booster from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska’s Kodiak Island for safety reasons after a ship wandered into downrange waters.

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