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SubTec-7 launches from Wallops Island, VA. RockOn! launches from Wallops island, VA. Credit: Alison Stancil

41.121 UO KOEHLER/COLORADO SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM
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
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
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.