Spatial Heterodyne Interferometric Emission Line Dynamics Spectrometer (SHIELDS)

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The purpose of this mission is obtain a spatial map of scattered solar ultraviolet (UV) emission from interplanetary hydrogen (IPH) that has crossed, and been modified by, the ion pile-up along the outer edge of the heliosphere. The map will be constructed along multiple lines of sight over a 30° diameter region of the sky located near the location corresponding to the relative velocity vector between the Sun and the local interstellar medium (LISM).

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Harris/University of Arizona.


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 SHIELDS mission was aunched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 19, 2021.