Kinetic-scale Energy and momentum Transport eXperiment (KiNET-X)

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The KiNET-X mission studied how momentum transport is affected by kinetic-scale physics, i.e. formation of parallel electric fields and dissipation, how electromagnetic energy is converted into plasma kinetic and thermal energy, and what the interplay is between fluid- and kinetic-scale processes.

Read more about KiNET-X: https://www.nasa.gov/wallops/2021/feature/nasa-wallops-may-7-rocket-launch-exploring-energy-transport-in-space

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Delamere/University of Alaska.

Drawing of the Oriole sounding rocket.

The Black Brant XII-A is a four stage sounding rocket with a Talos first stage, Terrier second stage, Black Brant third stage and a Nihka fourth stage. The Black Brant XII-A can reach altitudes of about 1400 km. Payloads weighing from 300 to 1000 pounds can be flown. Additional sounding rocket vehicles

Additional sounding rocket vehicles.

Google Earth map showing Wallops Flight Facility

The KiNET-X mission was launched on May 16, 2021 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility,