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Code 810: Sounding Rockets Program Office

Code 810: Sounding Rockets Program Office

Code 810: Sounding Rockets Program Office

41.075 GT SMITH/NASA Wallops Flight Facility 7-14-2008

Technicians working on the Sub-TEC 2 payload41.075 GT Terrier Mk70 Improved-Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 14, 2008. The Sub-TEC II (Suborbital Technology Experiment Carrier) technology demonstration mission included the NASA/Wallops Beamformer system, KSC Command and Telemetry Processor and Rf Health Node, and multiple NSROC (NASA Sounding Rockets Operations Contract) systems.

Sub-TEC 2 payload on spin/balance table at WallopsThe two-stage NASA Terrier-Orion sounding rocket carried instruments to test new tracking, data processing, payload positioning, power and communication systems. The new technologies are being developed by personnel at the Wallops Flight Facility and the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

“The only way to measure the true performance of these instruments and technologies is to test them through an actual rocket flight,” said Phil Eberspeaker, chief of the NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office at Wallops. “This suborbital sounding rocket project, dubbed Sub-TEC 2, allows to efficiently test multiple technologies during a single flight,” he added. “If these systems pass the test, they may one day be integrated into both suborbital and orbital rockets and payloads. This will improve our capabilities for conducting science missions,” Eberspeaker said. In addition to the rocket systems, the flight will provide testing for new rocket range support technology that will show personnel in the Control Center the position of the rocket in real-time during the flight. “We are excited about the use of the new rocket display tool for the Control Center that will allow personnel monitoring a rocket flight to better determine the performance of the vehicle, thus providing improved safety for the public,” said Jay Pittman, chief of the Wallops range and mission management office.

 

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