Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer (HYPE)

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The HYPE payload at Wallops for testing.36.235 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 3, 2014. The scientific objective of the Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer (HYPE) mission is to measure Hydrogen Lyman light reflected by interplanetary hydrogen (IPH) in the Geocorona. IPH is an important transitional medium that flows from its origin in the local interstellar cloud (LIC) through the LIC-solar wind boundary zones into the inner heliosphere, where it interacts with the solar wind, and radiation pressure. HYPE will measure the line shape of the IPH, yielding information about the thermal structure of the interplanetary medium, the shape and location of the LIC-solar wind boundary areas, and the ionization state of the ILC

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Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Black Brant 9 is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage. The Black Brant 9 can reach altitudes of about 600 km. Payloads weighing from 400 to 1200 pounds can be flown.

Additional sounding rocket vehicles

Google Earth Map showing White Sands Missile Range.

The Degradation Free Spectrometers mission was launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on May 3, 2014.