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Science team with the OGRESS instrument.46.008 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - March 24, 2015 RockSat-X

The RockSat-X mission is currently going through integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Science team with the OGRESS instrument.36.292 UH McEntaffer/University of Iowa - March 13, 2015
Off-plane Grating Rocket for Extended Source Spectroscopy (OGRESS)

The OGRESS mission is currently going through integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

36.299 DS Pedersen/AFRL - February 25, 2015
Ionospheric Control Experiment

36.299 DR Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on February 25, 2015. The Department of Defense’s Space Test Program, based at Kirtland Air Force Base sponsored this mission which carried a payload designed by scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate also at Kirtland Air Force Base. The launch vehicle which is designed to reach an altitude over 100 miles provided an opportunity for the payload to release small amounts of Samarium vapor to create clouds of plasma, or ionized gas into the near-vacuum of space to study processes responsible for formation of the Earth’s ionosphere. Dr. Todd Pedersen/AFRL is the Principal Investigator.

ASSP launch from Poker Flat. Photo by Jamie Adkins/NASA. ASSP launches from Poker Flat, Alaska. Image Credit: NASA/Jamie Adkins

49.002 UE Swenson - January 28, 2015
Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP)→

49.002 UE Oriole-4 was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 28, 2015. The ASSP mission attempts to answer questions about what the contributions of small spatial scale and rapid temporal scale fluctuations of electric fields are relative to the larger-scale electrodynamic processes? ASSP investigated the small scale spatial and temporal variability in the E-field that is known to contribute significantly to the overall heating at high latitudes. and the statistics of small spatial and temporal scales relative to the much larger scale electric field patterns. Read More

Dr. Collins stowing booms after deployment testing.

46.009 & 46.010 UE Collins - January 26, 2015
Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere Turbulence Experiment (M-TEX)→

46.009 and 46.010 UE Terrier-Improved Malemutes were launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 26, 2015. The M-TEX mission objectives include obtaining a better understanding of how meteorological processes control the impact of solar processes on the Earth’s atmosphere through investigating the atmosphere’s response to auroral, radiation belt, and solar energetic particles, and associated effects on nitric oxides and ozone.Read More

MIST payload at Wallops for testing.

41.111 & 41.112 UE Larsen - January 26, 2015
Mesospheric Inversion-layer Stratified Turbulence experiment (MIST)→

41.111 and 41.112 UE Terrier-Improved Orions were launch launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 26, 2015.The purpose of the Mesospheric Inversion-layer Stratified Turbulence (MIST) mission is to look for evidence of changes in the stratified turbulence properties within long-lived mesospheric inversion layers in the atmosphere between 80km and 140km. Especially of interest is the structure function, i.e., power spectrum, of the turbulent fluctuations in that region. Read More

FOXSI launches from White Sands Missile Range, NM>

36.295 US Krucker - December 11, 2014
Focusing Optics X-Ray Solar Imager (FOXSI)→

36.295 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on December 11, 2014. The FOXSI instruments test the fabrication and function of focusing optics for solar high energy x-ray observations in the 4-15 keV energy range. FOXSI observed the non-flaring “quiet” Sun and searched for non-thermal x-rays in these regions. These seven detectors are a pathfinder for future observatories investigating particle acceleration on the Sun. Read More

C-REX payload at Wallops for testing prior to flight.

52.001 UE Conde - November 24, 2014
Cusp-Region Experiment (C-REX)→

52.001 UE a Black Brant XII-A was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on November 24, 2014. The scientific objective of the mission is to identify mechanisms responsible for creating a region of enhanced neutral mass density at 400 km altitude that appears to be a permanent feature of Earth’s cusp-region thermosphere.  Earth’s cusps are magnetic field features in the magnetosphere associated with regions through which plasma from the Sun can have direct access to the upper atmosphere.  Neutral and ion flow fields in the region of the density anomaly will be measured to see if that flow is consistent with establishing the observed density enhancement. Read More

The payload before launch at White Sands.

36.253 US Hassler - November 6, 2014
Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment

36.253 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 6, 2014. The Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE) has an extremely high speed scanning-slit imaging spectrograph designed to observe and analyze dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere and corona on time scales as short as 100 ms, with TRACE-like spatial resolutions, and velocity sensitivity of 1-2 km/s. Read More.

M-TEX science team with the payload.

49.002 Swenson - October 28, 2014
Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP)→

The ASSP mission is currently going through integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

M-TEX science team with the payload.

46.009 & 46.010 UE Collins - October 10, 2014 Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere Turbulence Experiment (M-TEX)→

The M-TEX mission has completed most of the  integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

CAPER payload in the EMI chamber at Wallops.

49.003 UE Labelle - September 2014
Cusp Alfvén and Plasma Electrodynamics (CAPER)→

The CAPER mission integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

36.288 DS VOURLIDAS/NRL - September 14, 2014
Very high Angular resolution Ultraviolet Telescope (VAULT 2.0)

The scientific observationsduring this mission included viewing the magnetic footprint-driven evolution and heating of the solar atmosphere. Coronal loops, special hot structures, and other features were present during the observation period with the sun being very active.Read More

Vapor trail released from the payload.

36.308 GT HALL/NASA WFF - August 28, 2014

36.308 GT Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 28, 2014. The primary objective of this mission was to test an ejection system for a future science mission, as well as, test a new High Temperature Antenna. Read More

36.289 US DIDKOVSKY/UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNA July 22, 2014
Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS)

36.289 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on July 22, 2014. This was a re-fly of the 36.263 payload that contained the new prototype experiment instruments known as the Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) for Solar Physics. The mission objectives are to: Improve our knowledge of solar physics driven spectral variability over all solar cycle time scales through stable, radiometrically accurate spectral irradiance measurements in the highly dynamic EUV/soft X-ray range. These are improvements on the previous work for SDO/EVE/ESP and SOHO/SEM. Read More

Sub-Tech payload in testing at Wallops.

46.007 GP ROSANOVA/NASA WFF July 2, 2014
Sub-TEC 6

46.007 GP Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 2, 2014. The primary objective of this mission is to develop a new standard carrier for periodic technology demonstration missions. The secondary objective is to provide flight opportunity for several NSROC developmental systems and components. Read More

RockOn mission launches.

41.110 UO KOEHLER/COLORADO SPACE GRANT - June 26, 2014
RockOn

41.110 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 26, 2014.The RockOn workshop is intended to be an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. This will be accomplished by flying two classes of experiments.  First time participants will generally fly the simpler kit built experiment.  As educational institutions gain more experience, it is expected they will progress towards developing their own unique RockSat-C class experiments. Read More

The Chess payload at Wallops.

36.285 UG FRANCE/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - May 24, 2014
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS)

36.285 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 24, 2014. This mission, the Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS), is designed to enable new scientific studies of the Local Interstellar Medium (LISM). The LISM provides an opportunity to study general ISM phenomena up close and in three dimensions, including interactions of different phases of the ISM, cloud collisions, cloud evolution, ionization structure, thermal balance, turbulent motions, etc. Understanding the structure of the LISM is important in evaluating the cosmic ray environment and the potential habitability of nearby exoplanets. Read More

The HYPE payload at Wallops for testing.

36.235 US HARRIS/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TUCSON 5-3-2014 Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer (HYPE)

36.235 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 3, 2014. The scientific objective of the Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer (HYPE) mission is to measure Hydrogen Lyman light reflected by interplanetary hydrogen (IPH) in the Geocorona. IPH is an important transitional medium that flows from its origin in the local interstellar cloud (LIC) through the LIC-solar wind boundary zones into the inner heliosphere, where it interacts with the solar wind, and radiation pressure. HYPE will measure the line shape of the IPH, yielding information about the thermal structure of the interplanetary medium, the shape and location of the LIC-solar wind boundary areas, and the ionization state of the ILC. Read More