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Tropics Mission Patch

First two operational (TROPICS-02 & TROPICS-03) satellites for NASA's Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of SmallSats (TROPICS) mission. The CubeSats are designed to provide rapid-refresh microwave measurements that can be used to determine temperature, pressure, and humidity inside hurricanes as they form and evolve.

Mission Type Earth Science
Orbit Low Earth Orbit
Astra Rocket 3
Astra Rocket 3

Astra Rocket 3.0 is the third version and first orbital version of Astra Space's small satellite launch vehicle. It is designed to carry 100kg in LEO.

Manufacturer Astra Space
Thrust 140kN
Length 11.6m
Diameter 1.32m
LEO Capacity 100kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost $3m
Astra Space
Astra Space

Astra Space is a launch vehicle company based in San Francisco, California, that develops pump-fed, liquid bipropellant propulsion engines for DARPA and NASA as well as their Astra Rocket launch vehicle.

Type Commercial
Administrator Geoffrey Crowley
Launch Vehicles 213
Spacecraft None
Space Launch Complex 46
Space Launch Complex 46
Location Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Total Launches 6
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