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Black Brant XI sounding rocket launching from Wallops Island

39.009 DR BERNHARDT/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 9-19-09

A Black Brant XI sounding rocket was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, VA on September 19, 2009. The Charged Dust Release Experiment (CARE) forms a dust cloud in space to simulate a noctilucent cloud with a Nihka motor igniting on the downleg of a BB XI trajectory (the Nihka motor is used as an experiment and not for propulsion of the vehicle) and includes an experiment beacon operating at two frequencies. The cloud will be observed from multiple ground sites and a satellite. Read More...

Terrier-Brant launch from White Sands36.221 DS MOSES/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 9-14-09

36.221 DS Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on September 14, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to combine, extend and refine the capabilities of the SOHO EIT, LASCO and UVCS instruments.Read More...



IRVE II launch from Wallops36.254 NR CHEATWOOD/NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER 8-17-09

36.254 NR Terrier-Black Brant was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on August 17, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to execute a flight test of an inflatable body that demonstrates inflation and survivability ata relevant dynamic pressure. Read More...



Green payload on vibration table36.244 UG GREEN/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 6-27-09

36.244 UGTerrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 27, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to study the interstellar medium. Read More...

 

 

41.083 Koehler lift-off41.083 UO KOEHLER/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER 6-26-09

41.083 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA on June 26, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to provide university undergraduate level students and instructors with a hands-on space flight opportunity. Read More...

 

Murbach payload on vibration table41.080 NR MURBACH/NASA-AMES 5-28-09

41.080 NR Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA on May 28, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to study the Ames Research Center deployable SCRAMP design and investigate super/hypersonic decelerator concepts. The mission also tests Systima Technologies' restraint and dispense system. Read More...


Lynch payload on vibration table at Wallops.40.023 UE LYNCH/DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 3-20-09

40.023 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Poker Flat, AK on March 20, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to investigate motions and structure of electron precipitation in a pre-midnight poleward edge discrete aurora. Read More...

 

Bock payload in spin deployment bay.36.226 UG BOCK/CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 2-25-09

36.226 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on February 25, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to investigate the spectral and spatial properties of the extra-galactic near-infrared background by observing seven science targets. Read More...

 

Lehmacher payload41.077 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.077 UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. Read More...

 

Lehmacher payload41.079 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.079 UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. Read More...

 

Lehmacher payload41.078 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.078UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. Read More...

 

Lehmacher payload41.076 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.076 UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. Read More...

 

 

Bounds 21.139 at Wallops21.139 UE BOUNDS/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 1-29-09

21.139 UE Black Brant V was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on January 29, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to study electric fields and current structure within an aurora. Read More...

 

 

Bounds 36.242 at Wallops36.242 UE BOUNDS/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 1-29-09

36.242 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on January 29, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to study electric fields and current structure within an aurora. Read More...

 

 

Thorsen rocket launches from Poker30.073 UO THORSEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 1-10-09

30.073 UO Improved Orion was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on January 10, 2009. The purpose of this student mission is to measure plasma and geomagnetic structure of the high latitude D-region. Read More...




Kowalski payload on vibration talbe36.207 DG KOWALSKI/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 10-20-08

36.207 DG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on October 20, 2008. The purpose of this mission is to observe white dwarf Feige 24 with a high resolution extreme ultraviolet spectrometer. Read More...




Sub-TEC 2 payload on spin/balance table at Wallops41.075 GT SMITH/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 7-14-08

41.075 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. Read More...



Orion launch30.074 NO EBERSPEAKER/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 6-27-08

30.074 NO Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 27, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to conduct a pilot mission for the RockOn Space Flight Workshop concept. Read More...

 

 

Black Brant XI launch39.008 DR LECLAIR/MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY 6-26-08

39.008 DR Black Brant XI was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 26, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to enable new sensor technology and improve mission assurance of sensor flight experiments.

 

36.223 UH MCCAMMON/UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 5-1-08

36.223 UH Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 1, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to measure the spectrum of the diffuse x-ray emission from the interstellar medium over the energy range 0.07 to 1keV. Read More...

36.240 UE WOODS/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 4-14-08

36.240 UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 14, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to provide under-flight calibration of the Solar EUV Experiment (SEE) aboard the Thermospheric Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) Satellite. Read More...

Bock payload in spin deployment bay.36.226 BOCK INTEGRATION AT WALLOPS 3-27-2008

A new telescope, Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER) from Caltech has been prepared for its maiden flight scheduled for June 2008 from White Sands Missile Range. Read More...

 

 

40.021 UE KINTNER/CORNELL UNIVERSITY 1-18-08

40.021 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway on January 18, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to investigate ionospheric outflows between 200 km and 1400 km in the polar cusp. Read More...

36.243 UG McCANDLISS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 1-11-08

36.243 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on January 11, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to image long split spectra of the Orion Nebula. Read More...

 

Kletzing Black Brant XII launching. Photo by Scott Hesh/NSRPOC.

40.018 UE KLETZING/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 12-10-07

40.018 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway on December 10, 2007. The experiments, Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics (TRICE), study the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection by making high-resolution measurements in a near-Earth space plasma environment. 40.018 was the first of two rockets to launch as part of the TRICE mission. Read More...

Kletzing Black Brant XII launching. Photo by Scott Hesh/NSRPOC.40.022 UE KLETZING/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 12-10-07

40.022 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway on December 10, 2007. The experiments, Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics (TRICE), study the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection by making high-resolution measurements in a near-Earth space plasma environment. 40.022 was the second of two rockets to launch as part of the TRICE mission. Read More...

Rockets on rail at the Andoya Rocket Range in NorwayKLETZING 40.018 & 40.022 STAGED AND READY TO LAUNCH

Two payloads, Kletzing 40.018 and 40.022, are staged and ready to launch at Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. The purpose of this mission is to study magnetic reconnection in the polar cusp. Read More...

 

36.241 GS RABIN/NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 11-6-07

36.241 GS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 6, 2007. The Extreme Ultraviolet Normal-Incidence Spectrograph (EUNIS) is designed to study the physical properties of the solar corona by simultaneously observing the two spectral ranges of 17-21 nm and 30-37 nm. Read More...

 

Sounding Rocket launching36.218 UE EARLE/UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - DALLAS 10-30-07

36.218 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on October 30, 2007. The purpose of the mission is to investigate Mid-Latitude Ionospheric irregularities associated with terrestrial weather systems.
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Kletzing payload during boom deployment test at WallopsKLETZING 40.018 & 40.022 TESTING AND EVALUATION

Two payloads to study magnetic reconnection in the polar cusp are at Wallops for Testing and Evaluation. The payloads will be launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway in December 2007. Read More...



41.055 NP PLAYER/NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER 9-6-07

41.055 NP Terrier Mk70-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on September 6, 2007. The purpose of the mission is to test and validate an inflatable ballute decelerator concept. Read More...

36.220 UG McCANDLISS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 8-13-07

36.220 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on August 13, 2007. The purpose of the mission is to image long split spectra of the Trifid Nebula. Read More...

Robertson rocket launch from Norway. Photo by Scott Hesh41.070 UE ROBERTSON/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 8-6-07

41.070 UE Terrier Mk 12 - Improved Orion was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on August 6, 2007. The purpose of the MASS missions is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, and size distribution of the aerosol particles responsible for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) and polar summer mesospheric radar echoes (PMSEs) and measurements of associated electric fields and of electron densities. Read More...

41.069 UE ROBERTSON 8-3-07

41.069 UE Terrier Mk 12 - Improved Orion was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on August 3, 2007. The purpose of the MASS missions is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, and size distribution of the aerosol particles responsible for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) and polar summer mesospheric radar echoes (PMSEs) and measurements of associated electric fields and of electron densities. Read More...

12.059 GT COSTELLO/NSROC 6-21-07

12.059 GT Terrier Mk 12 - Improved Orion was launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on June 21, 2007. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate and flight qualify the ST5000 Star Tracker and the NSROC Celestial Attitude Control System. Read More...

Robertson payload with booms deployedROBERTSON 41.069 & 41.070 PAYLOADS AT WALLOPS FOR TESTING

Two payloads to study Noctilucent clouds are at Wallops for Testing and Evaluation. The payloads will be launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway in August 2007. Read More...

NASA FUNDS UNIVERSITIES' NEW EXPERIMENTS FOR SUBORBITAL FLIGHT

NASA has selected four universities to conduct suborbital scientific research that is a new step in reinvigorating the agency's sounding rocket science program. Read More...

Embry-Riddle student working on Wallops IslandEMBRY-RIDDLE UNIVERSITY STUDENT ROCKET LAUNCH 3-22-07

Embry-Riddle University Students launched their "Icarus" rocket from Wallops Island on Mark 22, 2007, at 06:15 EDT. Read More...

 

ACS on airbearingCELESTIAL ACS AIR-BEARING TESTS 3-15-07

The new Celestial Attitude Control System (ACS) is undergoing testing on the air-bearing. A flight test of the system will be conducted in April from White Sands in New Mexico. Future flights of this type of ACS includes the PICTURE mission in July.

Beam Former test preparationBEAM FORMER INSTRUMENT VIBRATION 3-15-07

The Beam Former Instrument, developed by JEM Engineering under the SBIR program, was prepared for vibration testing. The Beam Former is part of a Phase Array antenna and will be flown on the Sub-TEC payload in the Fall on 2007.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY STUDENT ROCKET 3-15-07

Students from the Air Force Academy were at Wallops for Testing and Evaluation of their payload. All tests were completed without any problems and the vehicle is scheduled for launch in the late Spring 2007.

40.019 UE LABELLE/DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 2-28-07

40.019 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 28, 2007. This vehicle was the last of ten rockets flown during the January - February launch window. The purpose of this mission is to study the Correlation of High-Frequencies and Auroral Roar Measurements (CHARM). The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. LaBelle of Dartmouth College...Read More

Image of Poker Flat range with Aurora41.062 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

41.062 UE Terrier-Orion was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehicle was part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska...Read More

41.063 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

41.063 UE Terrier-Orion was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehicle was part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska...Read More

35.037 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

35.037 UE Black Brant X was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehicle was part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska...Read More

41.061 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

41.061 UE Terrier-Orion was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehicle was part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska...Read More

40.020 UE LESSARD/UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 2-13-07

40.020 UE Black Brant XII was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 12, 2007. The purpose of this mission is to investigate various aspects of pulsating aurora. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Marc Lessard of the University of New Hampshire...Read More

 

Mirror on vibration table36.225 UG CHAKRABARTI/BOSTON UNIVERSITY - MIRROR VIBRATION TEST 2-9-07

Vibration test of the mirror for the Planet Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Rocket Experiment (PICTURE) mission...Read More

 

 

MARTI payload on MOI table36.228 MARTI/MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY MOI TEST 2-8-07

Mass Properties measurements were conducted on the Missile Alterantive Range Target Instrument (MARTI) payload in February 2007.

 

 

 

 

POKER FLAT 2007 CAMPAIGN, January - February 2007

The NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office (SRPO) is sponsoring the 2007 Sounding Rocket Campaign at the Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR).  The campaign has four independent scientific missions designed to study disturbances in the ionosphere created by interaction of the Sun-Earth system. A series of 10 sounding rocket vehicles are planned to be launched in January and February 2007...Read More
Sounding rockets on launchers at Poker FlatFour sounding rockets, JOULE II mission, were launched on January 19th...Read More

 

 

 

 

SERI rocket launch SMALL-SCALE EDUCATIONAL ROCKETRY INITIATIVE (SERI) LAUNCH
1-25-2007

Wicomico High School, Salisbury, MD launched their third SERI rocket from Wallops Island on January 24, 2007...Read More

 

36.224 UH CASH/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 11-21-2006

36.224 UH Terrier Black Brant was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on November 21, 2006. The purpose of this mission is to obtain the first soft X-ray spectrum of the entire Cygnus. The Principal Investigator of this mission is Dr. Webster Cash of the University of . . . Read More

36.236 US JUDGE/USC 11-8-2006

36.236 US Terrier Black Brant was launched on November 7, 2006 from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The principal investigator of this mission is Dr. Darrell Judge of the University of Southern California. The purpose of this mission is to measure absolute solar EUV irradiance data in . . . Read More

36.233 UE WOODS/UNIV. OF COLORADO 11-8-2006

36.233 UE Terrier Black Brant was launched on October 28, 2006 from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The principal investigator of this mission is Dr. Tom Woods of the University of Colorado. The purpose of this mission is to provide an underflight calibration for the Solar EUV Experiment. Read More

12.11-8-2006064 GT HICKMAN/NASA/WFF

12.064 GT Black Brant XI (MK1)was successfully launched on September 23, 2006 from Wallops Island, Virginia. The purpose of this mission is to flight qualify the modified Black Brant MK1 igniter in a high altitude dynamic flight environment. The princpal investigator for this mission is Mr. John . . . Read More

36.238 DR AUDENAERT/MDA/THR/DYNETICS 11-8-2006

36.238 DR Terrier Black Brant was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on August 21, 2006. The purpose of this mission is to present a multi-body dynamic target above 120 km launched from the North end of WSMR. (Reimbursable launch) The principal investigator of this . . . Read More

36.237 DR AUDENAERT/MDA/THR/DYNETICS 11-8-2006

36.237 DR Terrier Black Brant was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on August 25, 2006. The purpose of this mission is to present a multi-body dynamic target above 120 km launched from the North end of WSMR. (Reimbursable launch) The principal investigator of this mission is Mr. William Audenaert of MDA/THR/DYNETICS.

 

30.067 DR WINSTEAD/NAWC 7-21-2006

30.067 DR Improved-Orion was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. This was a reimbursable mission. The principal investigator for this mission is Mr. John Winstead of the Naval Air Warfare Center.

 

30.066 DR WINSTEAD/NAWC 7-21-2006

30.066 DR Improved Orion was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on July 21, 2006. Mr. John Winstead of the Naval Air Warfare Center is the principal investigator for this mission. This was a reimbursable mission.

 

41.056 UO WHEELER/PENN STATE UNIVERSITY 7-6-2006

41.056 UO Terrier Mk12 Improved Orion was successfully launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on July 1, 2006. The objective of this mission is to study the interplay between charged and neutral particles. The principal investigator for this mission is Mr. Timothy Wheeler of Penn State University.

 

41.072 DR WINSTEAD/NAWC/WSMR 6-26-2006

41.072 DR Terrier Improved Orion was successfully launched on Friday, June 23, 2006 from PMRF, Barking Sands, Hawaii. The principal investigator for this mission is Mr. John Winstead of NAWC. The purpose of this mission is to conduct a tracking exercise (MDA TRACKEX).

 

41.073 DR WINSTEAD/NAWC 6-12-2006

41.073 DR Terrier-Improved Orion was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on June 5, 2006. This was a reimbursable mission. Mr. John Winstead of NAWC is the principal investigator for this mission

 

41.074 DR WINSTEAD/NAWC 6-12-2006

41.074 DR Terrier-Improved Orion was successfully launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on June 8, 2006. This was a reimbursable mission - project DUNDEE. Mr. John Winstead of NAWC is the principal investigator for this mission.

 

41.071 DR WINSTEAD/NAWC 6-12-2006

41.071 Terrier-Improved Orion was successfully launched on June 7, 2006 from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Hawaii. This was a remibursable mission (tracking exercise). The principal investigator for this mission is Mr. John Winstead of the Naval Air Warfare Center.

 

30.072 NO JUSTIS 6-12-2006

30.072 NO Orion was successfully launched on June 8, 2006 from Wallops Island, Virginia. The purpose of this mission is for students to obtain knowledge of engineering processes, scientific experimentation, and launch operations. Ms. Barbara Justis of NASA/Wallops Flight Facility was the principal investigator for this mission.

 

 

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