Water Recovery X-ray - Rocket (WRX-R)

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The Water Recovery X-ray - Rocket (WRX-R) is a X-ray spectroscopy payload that is capable of providing moderate spectral resolution, R(λ/Δλ) ∼30 and was used to study the Vela Supernova Remnant on a flight from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. The mission measured the key lines that indicate the temperature and ionization state of this plasma. Characterization and comparison of the soft X-ray emission will lead to a more complete understanding of the evolution of supernova remnants and their interaction with the surrounding interstellar medium as well as shedding light on matter and energy feedback in the galaxy in general.

The Principal Investigator was Dr. Randall McEntaffer/Penn State University.

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

The WRX-R mission was launched from Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. on April 4, 2018