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RockOn launches from Wallops Island, VA.

41.125 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant- June 21 , 2018
RockOn

41.125 UO Terrier-Orion sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 21, 2018. The RockOn student and faculty workshop is intended to be an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. The RockOn mission is a collaborative effort between the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and Wallops Flight Facility.

EVE calibration payload lifts off from White Sands Missile Range, NM. Credit:CU/LASP

36.336 UE Woods/University of Colorado - June 18 , 2018
SDO EVE Underflight Calibration Experiment

36.336 UE Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 18, 2018. The EVE calibration sounding rockets carry a copy of the EVE instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to correct for effects of degradation. Measurements from the EVE sounding rocket are used to calibrate several other extreme ultraviolet instruments aboard other spacecraft.

12.081-BZ DR Creekmore/SMDC - June 7, 2018
Boosted Zombie

12.081-BZ DR was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 7, 2018. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate the new two stage Terrier MK70 Boosted Zombie vehicle configuration. This test flight verified hardware, software, support equipment and concept of operations.

36.342 NS Winebarger/NASA Marshall Space Flight Center - May 29, 2018
Hi-C 2.1

36.342 NS Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 29, 2018.  The goal for Hi-C 2.1 was to look for connection between chromospheric and coronal heating. Specifically, it was Hi-C 2.1’s goal to answer if there are coronal counterparts to type II spicules and the connection between coronal, transition region, and chromopsheric heating in active region cores.

CHESS launch from Roi Namur. Credit:Wallops Imaging Lab.

36.333 UG France/University of Colorado - April 16, 2018
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS) 4

36.333 UG, Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket was launched from Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands on April 16, 2018. The purpose of this mission was to sudy the Local InterStellar Medium (LISM) by sampling sightlines in the lower edge of the translucent cloud regime between the diffuse and dense phases of the ISM targeting gamma Ara.

WRX-R after recovery in the ocean.

36.330 UH McEntaffer/Penn State Univ - April 4, 2018
Water Recovery X-ray Rocket (WRX-R)

36.330 UH, Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket was launched from Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands on April 4, 2018. The purpose of this mission was to make observations of soft X-ray emissions from Vela Supernova Remnant with large field of view detector.

ASPIRE 2 rocket launches from Wallops. Image: Wallops Imaging Lab.

36.327 NR Clark/NASA JPL - March 31, 2018
Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research and Experiments (
ASPIRE)

36.327 NR, Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, VA on March 31, 2018. The purpose of this mission is to research in the physics of supersonic Disk Gap Band (DGB) parachute inflation to enable the development of the parachute required for the Mars Sample Return Sample Retrieval Lander.

USIP rocket launches from Wallops. Image: Wallops Imaging Lab.

46.019 UO VIEIRA/NASA GSFC-WFF
University Student Instrument Program (USIP) - March 25, 2018

46.019 UO, Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, VA on March 25, 2018. The purpose of the University Student Instrument Program (USIP) is to encourage participants to seek future involvement in space-based science missions by providing university undergraduate level students and faculty with a space flight opportunity that will allow their custom built experiments to be exposed to the space environment.

One of the SuperSoaker payloads on the MOI table at Wallops.

41.119, 41.120 & 41.122 CE AZEEM/ASTRA
SuperSoaker - January 26, 2018

41.119, 41.120 & 41.122 CE, three Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rockets were launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 26, 2018. The purpose of the Super Soaker missions is to study the time dependent neutral chemistry and transport of water in the upper atmosphere and to determine the resultant impact on the local temperature and Polar Mesospheric Cloud (PMC) formation.

Galeazzi mission launches from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska. Credit:Alison Stancil/NASA

36.329 UH Galeazzi/University of Miami - January 19, 2018
Diffuse X-Rays from the Local Galaxy (DXL-3)

36.329 UH Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 19, 2018. The purpose of the Diffuse X-Rays from the Local Galaxy (DXL-3) mission was to study the physics associated with the Solar Wind Charge Exchange (SWCX) and the Local Hot Bubble (LHB).

Infographic about Poker Flat campaign in 2017

Poker Flat 2018 campaign infographic

Four sounding rockets are scheduled for launch from Poker Flat, AK in January 2018. Click on image to download or view the infographic about these launches.

12.085 DR Chrisley - November 16, 2017
Sabre ZOMBIE

12.085 DR was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 16, 2017. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate the Sabre Zombie hardware, software, support equipment and concept of operations.

DEUCE payload at Wallops for testing.

36.311 UG Green/University of Colorado - October 30, 2017
Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Spectrograph (DEUCE)

36.311 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on October 30, 2017. The Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Spectrograph (DEUCE) payload was designed to observe the only two non-white-dwarf stars in the Milky Way known to have a sufficiently low neutral hydrogen column density to measure their ionizing radiation directly: Beta Canis Major (βCMa) and Epsilon Canis Major (εCMa). The target for this mission was βCMa.

WINDY payload after door deployment testing at Wallops.

36.326 NR Clark/NASA JPL - October 4, 2017
Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research and Experiments (
ASPIRE)

36.326 NR Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Wallops Island, VA on October 4, 2017. The main objective of the ASPIRE mission was to test parachute systems in a low-density, supersonic environment for future missions to Mars.

WINDY payload after door deployment testing at Wallops.

29.042 & 36.321 UE Hysell/Cornell University - September 9, 2017
Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo (
WINDY)

29.042 UE Terrier-Malemute and 36.321 UE Terrier-Black Brant were launched from the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands on September 9, 2017. The Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo (WINDY) payloads were designed to investigate the post-sunset equatorila F-region ionosphere and the factors that predispose it to equatorial spread F (ESF).

RockSat-X students with their payload on the balancing table at Wallops.

46.017 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant Consortium - August 13, 2017
RockSat-X

46.017 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 13, 2017.The RockSat-X mission carried student developed experiments and is a follow on mission to RockOn and RockSat-C. RockSat-X experiments are more advanced than RockOn and RockSat-C and include full featured sounding rocket support systems, such as telemetry, attitude control and recovery. RockSat-X experiments are exposed to the space environment enabling measurement of variables outside the payload.  

Hall mission launches from Wallops Island. Terrier-Improved Malemute lifts off from Wallops Island. Credit: Terry Zaperach/Wallops Imaging Lab.

46.015 GT Hall/NASA GSFC-WFF - JUNE 29, 2017
Ampule deployment test flight

46.015 GT Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 29, 2017.The primary objective of this mission was to test a new ampule deployment system.

CHESS payload before flight at White Sands Missile Range. CHESS being prepared for flight. Credit: Dr. Kevin France

36.323 UG France/University of Colorado/LASP - JUNE 26, 2017
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS
)→

36.323 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 26, 2017.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.

RockOn! launches from Wallops Island. RockOn! launches from Wallops island, VA. Credit: Alison Stancil

41.121 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant Consortium - June 22, 2017
RockOn!

41.121 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 22, 2017. The RockOn workshop is an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. This is 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. This was the 10th flight of the RockOn! payload.

SubTec-7 launches from Wallops Island, VA. SubTec-7 launches from Wallops island, VA.

36.317 GP Hesh/NASA WFF - May 16, 2017
SubTec-7

36.317 GP Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Wallops Island, VA on May 16, 2017.The primary purpose for this technology demonstration mission was to test the NSROC Forward OGIVE Recovery System (N-FORSe) and the Water Recovery Shutter Door. Both technologies are developed to enhance program capabilities. Several other experiments were also supported on this flight.

RAISE payload in a clean tent at White Sands. The RAISE payload, partially enclosed in a clean tent, is shown after completion of testing before going to the launch pad. Credit: Amir Caspi, Southwest Research Institute

36.309 US Hassler/SWRI - May 5, 2017
Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE)

36.309 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 5, 2017. The purpose of the RAISE sounding rocket mission was to observe and analyze dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere and corona on time scales as short as 100 ms.

View of sounding rocket on launch pad.

Sounding Rockets Video

This video shows people working in the Sounding Rockets Program and the various aspects of manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing and launch operations. File size: 530 MB. Click on video to play. Link to smaller file.

ISINGLASS mission launches from Poker Flat, Alaska. ISINGLASS 36.303 mission launches from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: Terry Zaperach/NASA

36.304 UE Lynch - March 1, 2017
Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Ground based Low Altitude StudieS (ISINGLASS)

36.304 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on March 1, 2017. The purpose of the ISINGLASS sounding rocket mission is to sample multiple locations simultaneously in the auroral ionosphere and to take gradient measurements of plasma parameters. This was the first of two identical rockets to be flown into two separate events (ie, quiet early evening arc vs dynamic rayed arc); each rocket had a large subpayload, and four small deployable payloads.

Two Jets rockets launch from Alaska. Jets missions launch from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: Terry Zaperach/NASA

36.301 & 36.306 UE Pfaff - March 1, 2017
Neutral Jets Associated with Auroral Arcs

36.301 and 36.306 UE Terrier-Black Brants were launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on March 1, 2017. The two rockets were launched 90 seconds apart to two different apogees. The main objective of this investigation was to understand the height dependent coupling processes that create localized neutral “jets” in the upper atmosphere associated with the aurora, their driving conditions, and their associated heating and neutral structuring.

ISINGLASS mission launches from Alaska. ISINGLASS 36.303 mission launches from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: NASA

36.303 UE Lynch - February 22, 2017
Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Ground based Low Altitude StudieS (ISINGLASS)

36.303 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 22, 2017. The purpose of the ISINGLASS sounding rocket mission is to sample multiple locations simultaneously in the auroral ionosphere and to take gradient measurements of plasma parameters. This was the first of two identical rockets to be flown into two separate events (ie, quiet early evening arc vs dynamic rayed arc); each rocket had a large subpayload, and four small deployable payloads.

Bailey mission launches from Alaska. Bailey mission launches from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: Jamie Adkins

36.302 UE Bailey - January 27, 2017
Polar Night Nitric Oxide (PolarNOx)

36.302 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on January 27, 2017. The purpose of the PolarNOx mission was to measure the abundance and altitude of peak abundance for nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is created by the Aurora, but in the polar night there is no signicant process for destroying the nitric oxide. Under appropriate conditions nitric oxide can be transported to the stratosphere where it will catalytically destroy ozone.

Infographic about Poker Flat campaign in 2017

Poker Flat 2017 campaign infographic

Five sounding rockets are scheduled for launch from Poker Flat, AK in early 2017. Click on image to download or view the infographic about these launches.

View of sounding rocket on launch pad.

Sounding Rockets Video

This video shows sounding rocket payload manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing and launch operations. Click on video to play.

Zombie vehicle at Wallops.

12.080 DR Chrisley - December 15, 2016
Pathfinder ZOMBIE (PZ)

12.080 DR was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on December 15, 2016. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate the Pathfinder Zombie hardware, software, support equipment and concept of operations.

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.

New video, by Kjell Redal, available at: https://vimeo.com/189246610

Hi-C payload integration at White Sands Missile Range, NM. 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.

EVE integration activities at White Sands Missile Range, NM> 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.

Technology test flight launches from Wallops Island, VA. 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.

MUSIC mission launches from Wallops Island, VA.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.