35.039 & 35.040 GE ROWLAND/NASA GSFC - December 7, 2018
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 was to study the nature and extent of low altitude ion outflow (>10 eV) from the cusp. The investigation aims to 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.

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Rowland/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

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 VISION mission was launched fromSvalbard, Norway on December 7, 2018.