35.039 & 35.040 GE ROWLAND/NASA GSFC
VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom Sensing-2 (VISIONS-2)

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The purpose of the VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom Sensing-2 (VISIONS-2) missions is to study the nature and extent of low altitude ion outflow (>10 eV) from the cusp. The investigation will determine the spatial and temporal variations of ion outflow; the total energetic ion outflow in the remotely sensed volume; and how regions of enhanced ion outflow compare in detail to the locations of field aligned currents, optical auroral emissions, enhanced electric fields, energetic particle precipitation, wave activity, and regions of enhanced/depressed electron density..

Drawing of the Oriole sounding rocket.

The Black Brant X is a three stage sounding rocket with a Terrier first stage and Black Brant second stage and a Nihka third stage.

Additional sounding rocket vehicles.

The VISIONS mission will be launched fromSvalbard, Norway.