Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations (LAMP)

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LAMP is intended to accomplish the following:

Measure pulsating aurora, the highest energy aurora, to see if it plays a role in emptying the radiation belts.

Determine the spatial distribution of microbursts with respect to pulsating patches.

Determine if microburst "trains" are related to optical signatures of pulsating aurbra; if so, determine if microbursts cause modulations of auroral luminosity.

Characterize precipitating e-energy distribution of microbursts to determine if pulsating patches are associated with relativistic e-microbursts

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

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 Poker Flat, Alaska.

The LAMP mission will be launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska.