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RockSat-X Terrier-Improved Malemute on the launch pad.

46.014 UO Koehler August 17, 2016
RockSat-X →

46.014 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute carrying the RockSat-X payload was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 17, 2016. RockSat-X is the most advanced, of three, student sounding rocket flight opportunity. The opportunity is a collaboration between NASA and Colorado Space Grant Consortium.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Final sequence testing for Hi-C. Credit: Ted Gazek

36.314 NS Cirtain July 27, 2016
High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) →

36.314 NS Black Brant 9 was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 27, 2016. The main objective of the Hi-C investigation is to determine the geometric configuration and topology of the structures making up the inner corona. The secondary objective is to examine the dynamics of those structures, within the constraints of the 300-seconds of observing time available from a sounding rocket.

RockSat-C students with the payload during integration at Wallops.

46.116 UO Koehler - June 24, 2016
RockOn! Student Flight Mission→

46.116 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 24, 2016. 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.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. EVE payload during integration at White Sands. Credit: Ted Gazek

36.318 UE Woods - June 1, 2016
EUV Variability Experiment (EVE)→

36.318 UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 1, 2016. The primary objective for this mission is to provide an underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. The EVE program provides solar EUV irradiance data for NASA’s Living With the Star (LWS) program, including near real-time data products for use in operational atmospheric models that specify the space environment and to assist in forecasting space weather operations.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Terrier-Improved Orion launches from Wallops, VA Credit: Wallops Imaging Lab

41.114 NP DeLeon - March 7, 2016
Technology Test Flight →

41.114 NP Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, Virginia on March 7, 2016. This mission supported three experiments from the Flight Opportunities program of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The experiment from Montana State University is a Radiation Tolerant Computer System (RadPC) provided by Brock La Meres. The experiment from Controlled Dynamics is Vibration Isolation Platform (VIP) provided by Scott Green. SOAREX9 is the third experiment flying, provided by Marc Murbach, NASA-ARC.

46.011 GP MILLINER/NASA GSFC-WFF - March 1, 2016
Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC)

46.011 GP Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, Virginia on March 1, 2016. The purpose of the MUSIC missions is to allow NASA Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD) engineering personnel to gain experience in developing sounding rocket technology, conduct systems engineering processes and Test NASA AETD experiments. This mission will result in a Standard payload carrier with predefined mechanical, telemetry, power and attitude control capabilities to offer to reimbursable customers and other Wallops Flight Facility developments.

36.297 UG FRANCE/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - February 21, 2016
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS) 2 →

36.297 UG Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range on February 21, 2016. The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS) 2 sounding rocket experiment facilitates observations of Atomic-to-Molecular transitions phases in translucent clouds for the local Interstellar Medium (ISM) by observing nearby stars that were too bright for Hubble and FUSE. Detailed composition and temperature maps at the diffuse/translucent ISM boundary will be possible for the first time with data from CHESS 2.

36.312 UG McCandliss/Johns Hopkins University- December 18, 2015
The Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS)

36.312 UG Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range on Decemeber 18, 2015. The Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) studied the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy to measure the Lyman alpha escape from its star-forming areas and the active Galactic Nucleus containing a black hole.

RENU payload at Wallops for integration and testing.52.002 UE Lessard/University of New Hampshire- December 13, 2015
Rocket Experiment for Neutral Upwelling II (RENU) →

52.002 UE Black Brant XII-A sounding rocket was launched from Andoya Space Center, Norway on Decemeber 13, 2015. The primary goals for this mission were to transit the cusp region during a neutral upwelling event. RENU was equipped with a suite of instruments that build on previous observations of this phenomenon. RENU also acquired new types of data to provide a fresh perspective on neutral upwelling.

36.305 UH Galeazzi/University of Miami- December 5, 2015
Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL)

36.305 UH Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on Decmeber 5, 2015. The primary goals for this mission were to study the heliospheric Solar Wind Charge Exchange (SWCX) and Local Hot Bubble (LHB) using DXL and UXT suborbital instruments and image the solar wind interaction with the terrestrial magnetosphere using the CuPID soft X-ray camera using newly-developed micropore reflector technology.

49.003 UE Labelle/Dartmouth College - November 30, 2015
Cusp Alfven and Plasma Electrodynamics Rocket (CAPER) →

49.003 UE Oriole 4 was launched from Andoya Space Center, Norway on November 30, 2015. The CAPER mission intended to establish the role and nature of Alfvén wave acceleration in the cusp and discover the causes of the observed differences in the Langmuir waves in the cusp versus the nightside. CAPER also included the first ever wave-particle correlator measurements to be made in the cusp. The results affect a range of NASA programs in geospace, planetary, heliospheric and astrophysical sciences and are pertinent to multiple objectives of NASA’s Heliophysics research program.

36.293 UG Chakrabarti/University of Massachusetts Lowell - November 24, 2015
Planet Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Rocket Experiment (PICTURE)→

36.393 UT Black Brant 9 was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 25, 2015. The PICTURE mission was designed to observe the planetary environment around the star Epsilon Eridani and to directly image the planet.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Black Brant IX launches from Wallops, VA Credit: NASA/Patrick Black

36.310 GT Hesh/NASA GSFC WFF - October 7, 2015
Technology Test Flight

36.310 GT Black Brant 9 was launched from Wallops Island, VA on October 7, 2015. This mission is a test flight of the new Black Brant Mk4 sustainer motor. The primary objective is to characterize the motor performance in a Black Brant IX configuration. The secondary objective of this mission is to provide NASA and NSROC an opportunity to test new technology experiments.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Black Brant IX launches from Wallops, VA Credit: NASA/Chris Perry

39.012 DR Bernhardt/Naval Research Laboratory - September 16, 2015
Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE) II→

39.012 DR Black Brant XI was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on September 16, 2015.The CARE II mission examined the effect of artificially-created, charged-particulate layers on the scatter of UHF, L-Band and S-Band radars. The artificial particles were created from 37 CRV7 C14 motors ignited in the ionosphere. CARE II studied the exhaust plume physics including MHD waves and electric fields. The optical signature was measured from scattered sunlight and ion-molecule-electron reactions.

36.291 US Winebarger/University of Alabama - September 3, 2015
Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro Polarimeter (CLASP)→

36.291 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on September 3, 2015.The aim of CLASP mission was to achieve the first measurement of magnetic field in the upper chromosphere and transition region of the Sun through the detection and measurement of Hanle effect polarization of the Lyman alpha line.

36.282 US Kankelborg/Montana State University - August 27, 2015
Multi-Order Solar EUV Spectrograph (MOSES)→

36.282 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on August 27, 2015. The purpose of the MOSES mission was to obtain line intensity images for Ciii 459.3A and Ne vii 465.2A at 1.2” resolution over a 20’ x 10’ field of view with reasonable cadence (approx.. 45 s) and obtain simultaneous line width and doppler shifts for the Ne vii line.. The cadence will be nominally lower than that of MOSES-1 due to the necessarily longer exposure times for Ne vii.

RockSat-X launches from Wallops Island, VA. 46.012 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - August 12, 2015
RockSat-X →

The RockSat-X student mission, 46.012 UO Koehler, was launched from Wallops Island, VA on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. RockSat-X carrier experiments developed by University students from around the country.

Black Brant IX launches from Wallops, VA Credit: A. Stancil

36.313 NP Milliner/NASA Wallops Flight Faciltiy - July 7, 2015
Technology test

36.313 NP Black Brant IX was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 7, 2015. The primary objective of this mission was to provide a technology test flight opportunity for researchers from NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Glenn Research Center.

RockOn launches from Wallops Island, VA.41.113 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - June 25, 2015
RockOn/RockSat C

41.113 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 25, 2015. The primary objective of this effort is to conduct the RockOn Space Flight Workshop that is intended to provide University level students and instructors with a space flight opportunity that involves minimal cost, minimal time investment, minimal complexity, and minimal impact to the NASA Sounding Rockets Program.

36.300 UE Woods/University of Colorado - May 21, 2015
SDO EVE Underflight Calibration Experiment

36.300 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 21, 2015. The primary objective for this mission is to provide an underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. The EVE program provides solar EUV irradiance data for NASA’s Living with the Star (LWS) program, including near real-time data products for use in operational atmospheric models that specify the space environment and to assist in forecasting space weather operations.

Science team with the OGRESS instrument.36.292 UH McEntaffer/University of Iowa - May 2, 2015
Off-plane Grating Rocket for Extended Source Spectroscopy (OGRESS)

36.292 UH Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 2, 2015. The OGRESS instruments provided high spectral resolving power for large diffuse X-ray sources. The science target was the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant which is one of the brightest and largest soft X-ray emitters in the sky. The observation provided global plasma conditions from this object which are typified by interactions between the supernova blast wave and a precursor formed cavity wall. The payload also contains a critical NASA X-ray technology ― off-plane reflection grating arrays.  Combined with parallel technology development efforts, this mission will provide a flight proving platform for future X-ray missions.

RockSat-X launches from Wallops Island.46.008 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - April 18, 2015
RockSat-X

46.008 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on April 18, 2015. This mission is an advanced student mission and a follow on to the RockOn and RockSat-C student payloads.  The mission provides experimenters from several schools the opportunity to fly a payload, of their design, exposed to the space environment. The design of a payload and vehicle with pre-defined mechanical, power, instrumentation and flight performance capabilities were developed to provide exposure to the environment for these university student experimenters.  There were six experiments on this mission.

RockSat-X students preparing their experiments.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
AIC

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 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, flew a Black Brant IX rocket which carried a payload designed by scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate also at Kirtland Air Force Base. The launch vehicle, which was designed to reach an altitude over 250 km, released small amounts of ionizable vapor at multiple locations near the solar terminator to better understand chemical and photochemical processes responsible for the formation of the Earth’s ionosphere. The plasma source material diffused through the near-vacuum of space at ionospheric altitudes to create a large pink cloud over the White Sands launch site which could be seen from Texas to Nevada. 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