Astra rocket aborts 1st Florida launch attempt at last second (video)

Astra came tantalizingly close today (Feb. 7) to its first-ever launch of operational satellites.

The California company’s Launch Vehicle 0008 (LV0008) was scheduled to launch the ELaNa 41 mission for NASA today from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. And it nearly happened: LV0008’s first-stage engines fired up at 1:50 p.m. EST (1850 GMT) as planned, but the rocket shut the liftoff attempt down almost immediately thereafter.