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HOTShot launches from Wallops Island.HOTShot launches from Wallops Island, VA. Credit: Jamie Adkins/NASA.

46.033 AR Leathe/Sandia
September 11, 2021
HOTShot

46.033 AR Terrier-Improve Malemute sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 11, 2021. The flight is part of the HOTShot program, short for High Operational Tempo, which collects scientific data that benefits aerospace research and informs future weapon designs for the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Its non-nuclear scientific experiments evaluate prototypes and help develop high-fidelity computer models and mechanical flight simulators

36.353 US Woods/University of Colorado -
September 9, 2021
SDO EVE Underflight Calibration Experiment

36.353 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on September 9, 2021. The primary objective for this mission was 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.
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RockSat-X launches from Wallops Island.RockSat-X launches from Wallops Island, VA.

46.030 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant Consortium
August 19, 2021
RockSat-X

46.030 UO Terrier-Improve Malemute sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 19, 2021. RockSat-X student experiments are developed with an objective of providing students with an enhanced experience of flying experiments that are exposed to the space environment. The students gain experience in designing, building, testing, and then flying their experiments on a sub-orbital space flight. It also exposes students to the design and mission lifecycle. The payload was recovered and the experiments returned to the students.

36.319 NS Winebarger/NASA Marshall Space Flight Center -
July 30, 2021
Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS)

36.319 NS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 30, 2021. The science goal of MaGIXS was to determine the frequency of heating in active region cores on the Sun by making four critical observations.

Dynamo-2 payload launches from Wallops Island, VA.Second Dynamo launch from Wallops Island, VA. NASA Photo/Allison Stancil

36.357 GE PFAFF/NASA GSFC
July 11, 2021
Dynamo-2

36.357 GE Black Brant IX was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 11, 2021. The Dynamos, Winds, and Electric Fields in the Daytime Lower Ionosphere missions (Dynamo-2) are newly designed identical payloads. Each payload includes a GSFC main payload with a deploying Maynard sphere and a UNH sub-payload. The objective of the Dynamo-2 missions is to measure DC electric fields, plasma density, currents, neutral winds, neutral density and temperature, and ion mass distributions. The missions are supported with NASA’s ICON satellite measurements, and Wallops ground based measurements from the GSFC magnetometer, the Vertical Incidence Pulsed Ionospheric Radar (VIPIR), and the digital ionosonde. The 36.357 payload was launched into disturbed conditions.

Dynamo-2 payload launches from Wallops Island, VA.First Dynamo launch from Wallops Island, VA. NASA Photo/Allison Stancil

36.358 GE PFAFF/NASA GSFC
July 7, 2021
Dynamo-2

36.358 GE Black Brant IX was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 7, 2021. The Dynamos, Winds, and Electric Fields in the Daytime Lower Ionosphere missions (Dynamo-2) are newly designed identical payloads. Each payload includes a GSFC main payload with a deploying Maynard sphere and a UNH sub-payload. The objective of the Dynamo-2 missions is to measure DC electric fields, plasma density, currents, neutral winds, neutral density and temperature, and ion mass distributions. The missions are supported with NASA’s ICON satellite measurements, and Wallops ground based measurements from the GSFC magnetometer, the Vertical Incidence Pulsed Ionospheric Radar (VIPIR), and the digital ionosonde. The 36.358 payload launched into quiet conditions. The 36.357 payload will be launch into disturbed conditions.

RockOn launches from Wallops Island, VA. NASA Photo/Allison Stancil.RockOn launching from Wallops Island, VA. NASA Photo/Allison Stancil

41.130 UO KOEHLER/COLORADON SPACE GRANT
June 25, 2021
RockOn

41.130 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 25, 2021. This mission was the thirteenth flight of the hands-on, university-level rocket flighttraining workshop known as “RockOn.” RockOn is a collaborative effort between the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC), the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and Wallops Flight Facility

CIBER 2 science team at Wallops.CIBER 2 Science Team at Wallops in January 2020.

36.281 UG ZEMCOV/RIT
June 7, 2021
Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) 2

36.381 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 7, 2021.CIBER 2 investigated the spectral and
spatial properties of the extragalactic near-infrared background, and required acquisition of multiple targets with minimal contamination from terrestrial sources of infrared emission.

VIPER launches from Wallops Island, VA. Credit: Terry ZaperachVIPER Launch. Credit:Terry Zaperachl/NASA Wallops

46.028 UE BONNELL/UNIVERSITHY OF BERKELEY -
May 26, 2021
Vlf trans-Ionospheric Propagation Experiment Rocket (VIPER)

46.028 UE Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on May 26, 2021.The VIPER mission is an observational and modeling effort to understand Very Long Frequency (VLF) wave penetration through and propagation above the Earth’s ionosphere.

36.322 GS Daw/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center -
May 18, 2021
Extreme Ultraviolet Normal-Incidence Spectrograph (EUNIS)

36.322 GS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 18, 2021. The EUNIS mission observed high temperature lines to detect super-heated (~10MK) plasma thought to drive energization and eruptive events of solar atmosphere & space weather. A new channel provided first imaging spectroscopy of the Sun in 92-113 Å soft X-ray wavelength region.

KiNET-X launches from Wallops Island, VA. Credit: Allison Stancil.KiNET-X Launch. Credit:Allison Stancil/NASA Wallops

52.007 UE DELAMERE/UNIVERSITHY OF ALASKA -
May 16, 2021
Kinetic-scale Energy and momentum Transport eXperiment (KiNET-X)

52.007 UE Black Brant XII-A was launched from Wallops Island, VA on May 16, 2021.The KiNET-X mission studied how momentum transport is affected by kinetic-scale physics, i.e. formation of parallel electric fields and dissipation, how electromagnetic energy is converted into plasma kinetic and thermal energy, and what the interplay is between fluid- and kinetic-scale processes

SHIELDS science team at Wallops.SHIELDS Science Team at Wallops in February 2020.

36.324 US Harris/University of Arizona -
April 19, 2021
Spatial Heterodyne Interferometric Emission Line Dynamics Spectrometer (SHIELDS)

36.324 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 19, 2021. The objective of the SHIELDS mission was to obtain a spatial map of scattered solar ultraviolet (UV) emission from interplanetary hydrogen (IPH) that has crossed, and been modified by, the ion pile-up along the outer edge of the heliosphere.

ABFT on the launcher at White Sands Missile Range12.088 ABFT on the launcher. Credit:Visual Information Branch/WSMR

12.088 NR Gilbert/NASA Langley Research Center
March 30, 2021
Aerodynamic Buffet Flight Test (ABFT)

12.088 NR was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on March 30, 2021.  Dynamic loads resulting from transonic aerodynamic buffet are often the largest contributor to launch vehicle structural load margins, and proper understanding of that phenomenon is an important aspect of launch vehicle design. Over predicting those loads will lead to an inefficient, heavier than necessary structural design, while under predicting  them could lead to structural failure. This mission is designed to gather flight data on a vehicle shape that has only been tested in wind tunnels previously.

36.368 UG Green/University of Colorado
November 2, 2020
Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Experiment (DEUCE)

36.368 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 2, 2020. The Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Experiment (DEUCE) is a spectrograph operating from 650 – 1100Å. DEUCE measured how much ionizing photons B stars, such as the target star for this mission ß canis major, produce.

DUST-2 launch from WSMR..DUST-2 Launch from WSMR.. Credit:Visual Information Branch/WSMR

36.365 GB Nuth/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center September 8, 2020
Determining Unknown yet Significant Traits (DUST)2

36.365 GB Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM
on September 8, 2020. The purpose of the DUST-2 experiment was to measure important variables in the end-to-end process of grain formation in circumstellar outflows around AGB stars and model the physical and chemical properties of the dust.

PolarNOx launch from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska.PolarNOx launch from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska.. Credit:Chris Perry/NASA.

36.356 UE Bailey/Virginia Tech January 27, 2020
Polar Night Nitric Oxide (Polar NOx)

36.356 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK
on January 27, 2020. The purpose of the Polar Night Nitric Oxide “Polar NOx” experiment was to measure the concentration of nitric oxide in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere in the nighttime polar region.

ICI-5 launches from Svalbard.CHI launch from Svalbard, Norway. Credit:Allison Stancil-Ervin/NASA.

36.349 UE Larsen/Clemson University December 10, 2019
Cusp Heating Investigation (CHI)

36.349 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Svalbard, Norway on December 10, 2019. The purpose of the mission was to measure neutral upwelling and high-resolution electric fields over an extended region in the Cusp. The CHI mission is part of the Grand Challenge Initiative - Cusp, an international scientific data sharing partnership.

ICI-5 launches from Svalbard.ICI-5 launch from Svalbard, Norway. Credit:Allison Stancil-Ervin/NASA.

46.029 IE Moen/University of Oslo November 26, 2019
Investigation of Cusp Irregularities (ICI) 5

46.029 IE Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Svalbard, Norway on November 26, 2019. The Investigation of Cusp Irregularities (ICI) 5 mission is part of the Grand Challenge Initiative - Cusp, an international scientific data sharing partnership.

FORTIS payload sequence testing during integration at Wallops. FORTIS payload sequence testing at Wallops.

36.352 UG McCandliss/Johns Hopkins October 27, 2019
Far-Ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy

36.352 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on October 27, 2019. FORTIS is a multi-object spectro/telescope equipped with a next-generation microshutter array (NGMSA) capable of imaging individual stars within NGMSA slitlets while simultaneously obtaining their far-UV spectra. The primary science goal for this mission was to study massive hot star clusters in the star-forming Galaxy M33.

SubTEC 8 launch. SubTEC 8 launch. Credit: Wallops Imaging Lab.

46.020 GT Hesh/NASA WFF - October 24, 2019
SubTEC 8

46.020 GT Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on October 24, 2019. The SubTEC 8 mission tested several new technologies under development by the Sounding Rockets Program Office (SRPO). The main purpose for the mission was to test deployable su-payloads with telemtery transmitters to enable distributed measurements during science flights.

36.353 G Nuth/NASA GSFC - October 7, 2019
Determining Unknown yet Significant Traits (DUST)

36.343 G Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on October 7, 2019. The purpose of the Determining Unknown yet Significant Traits (DUST) experiment was to measure important variables in the end-to-end process of grain formation in circumstellar outflows around AGB stars and model the physical and chemical properties of the dust. The scientific goal was to determine the most important physical properties controlling dust production and measure the infrared spectrum of the analog dust grains during formation and agglomeration in the laboratory and in microgravity. The DUST instrumentation included four double wavelength interferometers and two in-situ IR spectrometers.