Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC)

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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. The sealed section of this payload carries experiments/instruments developed by AETD and include, High Data Rate X- Band, Wheel tracker Experiment (WTE) DANY TM Wet/Sealed Nosecone (AETD), Temperature and Strain measurement, Strain Gauge management System (SGMS) and Iridium GPS Beacon.

Additional experiments from West Virginia University's Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) include instruments for, Plasma Physics, Flight Dynamics with GPS and camera. These experiments will be flown in the wet section of the payload, i.e. the section is not sealed and will get wet when the payload impacts the ocean.

Drawing of a Terrier-Black Brant sounding rocket

The Terrier-Improved Malemute is a two stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Improved Malemute second stage. This vehicle 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 Wallops Flight Facility

The MUSIC mission was launched on March 1, 2016 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility.