Sounding rocket launching from Kwajalein Island.

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The science team in front of the payload.

49.002 Swenson - Oct 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 - 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/Dartmouth College
Cusp Alfvén and Plasma Electrodynamics (CAPER)→

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

36.288 DS VOURLIDAS/NRL
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 8-28-2014

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 7-22-2014
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 7-2-2014
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 6-26-2014
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 5-24-2014
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

GREECE launches from Poker. Photo by Chris Perry.

36.287 UE SAMARA/SWRI 3-3-2014
Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electrons Correlative Experiment (GREECE)

36.287 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range on March 3, 2014. The purpose of the Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electrons Correlative Experiment (GREECE) is to significantly enhance our knowledge of the structure and dynamics of the electron precipitation responsible for the aurora, on both large and small scales, which can ultimately be used to set stronger constraints on models of auroral electrodynamics. Read More