Vlf trans-Ionospheric Propagation Experiment Rocket (VIPER)

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The VIPER mission is an observational and modeling effort to understand Very Long Frequency (VLF) wave penetration through and propagation above the Earth’s ionosphere.

For more information on this missions, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/wallops/2021/feature/nasa-rocket-mission-studying-escaping-radio-waves

and https://www.nasa.gov/wallops/2021/image-feature/nasa-rocket-from-wallops-launches-studying-escaping-radio-waves-0

The Principal Investigator was Dr. Bonnell/University of Berkeley.

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 VIPER mission was launched on May 26, 2021 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility.