Missions flown from 2007 through current.

WINDY payload after door deployment testing at Wallops.

29.042 & 36.321 UE Hysell/Cornell University - September 9, 2017
WINDY

29.042 UE Terrier-Malemute and 36.321 UE Terrier-Black Brant were launched from the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands on September 9, 2017. The Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo (WINDY) payloads were designed to investigate the post-sunset equatorila F-region ionosphere and the factors that predispose it to equatorial spread F (ESF).

RockSat-X students with their payload on the balancing table at Wallops.

46.017 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant Consortium - August 13, 2017
RockSat-X

46.017 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 13, 2017.The RockSat-X mission carried student developed experiments and is a follow on mission to RockOn and RockSat-C. RockSat-X experiments are more advanced than RockOn and RockSat-C and include full featured sounding rocket support systems, such as telemetry, attitude control and recovery. RockSat-X experiments are exposed to the space environment enabling measurement of variables outside the payload.  

Hall mission launches from Wallops Island. Terrier-Improved Malemute lifts off from Wallops Island. Credit: Terry Zaperach/Wallops Imaging Lab.

46.015 GT Hall/NASA GSFC-WFF - JUNE 29, 2017
Ampule deployment test flight

46.015 GT Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 29, 2017.The primary objective of this mission was to test a new ampule deployment system.

SubTec-7 launches from Wallops Island, VA. CHESS being prepared for flight. Credit: Dr. Kevin France

36.323 UG France/University of Colorado/LASP - JUNE 26, 2017
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS)→

The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS) is designed to enable new scientific studies of the Local InterStellar Medium (LISM). The LISM provides an opportunity to study general ISM phenomena up close and in three dimensions, including interactions of different phases of the ISM, cloud collisions, cloud evolution, ionization structure, thermal balance, turbulent motions, etc. Understanding the structure of the LISM is important in evaluating the cosmic ray environment and the potential habitability of nearby exoplanets.

SubTec-7 launches from Wallops Island, VA. RockOn! launches from Wallops island, VA. Credit: Alison Stancil

41.121 UO KOEHLER/COLORADO SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM
RockOn!

41.121 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 22, 2017. The RockOn workshop is an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. This is accomplished by flying two classes of experiments. First time participants will generally fly the simpler kit built experiment. As educational institutions gain more experience, it is expected they will progress towards developing their own unique RockSat-C class experiments. This was the 10th flight of the RockOn! payload.

SubTec-7 launches from Wallops Island, VA. SubTec-7 launches from Wallops island, VA.

36.317 GP HESH/NASA WFF
SubTec-7

36.317 GP Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Wallops Island, VA on May 16, 2017.The primary purpose for this technology demonstration mission was to test the NSROC Forward OGIVE Recovery System (N-FORSe) and the Water Recovery Shutter Door. Both technologies are developed to enhance program capabilities. Several other experiments were also supported on this flight.

RAISE payload in a clean tent at White Sands. The RAISE payload, partially enclosed in a clean tent, is shown after completion of testing before going to the launch pad. Credit: Amir Caspi, Southwest Research Institute

36.309 US HASSLER/SWRI
Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE)

36.309 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on May 5, 2017. The purpose of the RAISE sounding rocket mission was to observe and analyze dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere and corona on time scales as short as 100 ms.

ISINGLASS mission launches from Poker Flat, Alaska. ISINGLASS 36.303 mission launches from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: Terry Zaperach/NASA

36.304 UE Lynch March 1, 2017
Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Ground based Low Altitude StudieS (ISINGLASS)

36.304 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on March 1, 2017. The purpose of the ISINGLASS sounding rocket mission is to sample multiple locations simultaneously in the auroral ionosphere and to take gradient measurements of plasma parameters. This was the first of two identical rockets to be flown into two separate events (ie, quiet early evening arc vs dynamic rayed arc); each rocket had a large subpayload, and four small deployable payloads.

Two Jets rockets launch from Alaska. Jets missions launch from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: Terry Zaperach/NASA

36.301 & 36.306 UE Pfaff March 1, 2017
Neutral Jets Associated with Auroral Arcs

36.301 and 36.306 UE Terrier-Black Brants were launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on March 1, 2017. The two rockets were launched 90 seconds apart to two different apogees. The main objective of this investigation was to understand the height dependent coupling processes that create localized neutral “jets” in the upper atmosphere associated with the aurora, their driving conditions, and their associated heating and neutral structuring.

ISINGLASS mission launches from Alaska. ISINGLASS 36.303 mission launches from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: NASA

36.303 UE Lynch February 22, 2017
Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Ground based Low Altitude StudieS (ISINGLASS)

36.303 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 22, 2017. The purpose of the ISINGLASS sounding rocket mission is to sample multiple locations simultaneously in the auroral ionosphere and to take gradient measurements of plasma parameters. This was the first of two identical rockets to be flown into two separate events (ie, quiet early evening arc vs dynamic rayed arc); each rocket had a large subpayload, and four small deployable payloads.

Bailey mission launches from Alaska. Bailey mission launches from Poker Flat. Photo Credit: Jamie Adkins

36.302 UE Bailey January 27, 2017
Polar Night Nitric Oxide (PolarNOx)

36.302 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on January 27, 2017. The purpose of the PolarNOx mission was to measure the abundance and altitude of peak abundance for nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is created by the Aurora, but in the polar night there is no signicant process for destroying the nitric oxide. Under appropriate conditions nitric oxide can be transported to the stratosphere where it will catalytically destroy ozone.

Zombie vehicle at Wallops.

12.080 DR Chrisley December 15, 2016
Pathfinder ZOMBIE (PZ)

12.080 DR was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on December 15, 2016. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate the Pathfinder Zombie hardware, software, support equipment and concept of operations.

RockSat-X Terrier-Improved Malemute on the launch pad.

46.014 UO Koehler August 17, 2016
RockSat-X →

46.014 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute carrying the RockSat-X payload was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 17, 2016. RockSat-X is the most advanced, of three, student sounding rocket flight opportunity. The opportunity is a collaboration between NASA and Colorado Space Grant Consortium.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Final sequence testing for Hi-C. Credit: Ted Gazek

36.314 NS Cirtain July 27, 2016
High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C)

36.314 NS Black Brant 9 was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 27, 2016. The main objective of the Hi-C investigation is to determine the geometric configuration and topology of the structures making up the inner corona. The secondary objective is to examine the dynamics of those structures, within the constraints of the 300-seconds of observing time available from a sounding rocket.

RockSat-C students with the payload during integration at Wallops.

46.116 UO Koehler - June 24, 2016
RockOn! Student Flight Mission

46.116 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 24, 2016. The RockOn workshop is intended to be an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. This will be accomplished by flying two classes of experiments.  First time participants will generally fly the simpler kit built experiment.  As educational institutions gain more experience, it is expected they will progress towards developing their own unique RockSat-C class experiments.

EVE payload during integration at White Sands. EVE payload during integration at White Sands. Credit: Ted Gazek

36.318 UE Woods - June 1, 2016
EUV Variability Experiment (EVE)

The primary objective for this mission is to provide an underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. The EVE program provides solar EUV irradiance data for NASA’s Living With the Star (LWS) program, including near real-time data products for use in operational atmospheric models that specify the space environment and to assist in forecasting space weather operations.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Terrier-Improved Orion launches from Wallops, VA Credit: Wallops Imaging Lab

41.114 NP DeLeon - March 7, 2016
Technology Test Flight

41.114 NP Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, Virginia on March 7, 2016. This mission supported three experiments from the Flight Opportunities program of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The experiment from Montana State University is a Radiation Tolerant Computer System (RadPC) provided by Brock La Meres. The experiment from Controlled Dynamics is Vibration Isolation Platform (VIP) provided by Scott Green. SOAREX9 is the third experiment flying, provided by Marc Murbach, NASA-ARC.

46.011 GP MILLINER/NASA GSFC-WFF - March 1, 2016
Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC)

46.011 GP Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched from Wallops Island, Virginia on March 1, 2016. The purpose of the MUSIC missions is to allow NASA Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD) engineering personnel to gain experience in developing sounding rocket technology, conduct systems engineering processes and Test NASA AETD experiments. This mission will result in a Standard payload carrier with predefined mechanical, telemetry, power and attitude control capabilities to offer to reimbursable customers and other Wallops Flight Facility developments.

36.297 UG FRANCE/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - February 21, 2016
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS) 2

36.297 UG Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range on February 21, 2016. The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS) 2 sounding rocket experiment facilitates observations of Atomic-to-Molecular transitions phases in translucent clouds for the local Interstellar Medium (ISM) by observing nearby stars that were too bright for Hubble and FUSE. Detailed composition and temperature maps at the diffuse/translucent ISM boundary will be possible for the first time with data from CHESS 2.

36.312 UG McCandliss/Johns Hopkins University- December 18, 2015
The Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS)

36.312 UG Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range on Decemeber 18, 2015. The Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) studied the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy to measure the Lyman alpha escape from its star-forming areas and the active Galactic Nucleus containing a black hole.

RENU payload at Wallops for integration and testing.52.002 UE Lessard/University of New Hampshire- December 13, 2015
Rocket Experiment for Neutral Upwelling II (RENU)

52.002 UE Black Brant XII-A sounding rocket was launched from Andoya Space Center, Norway on Decemeber 13, 2015. The primary goals for this mission were to transit the cusp region during a neutral upwelling event. RENU was equipped with a suite of instruments that build on previous observations of this phenomenon. RENU also acquired new types of data to provide a fresh perspective on neutral upwelling.

36.305 UH Galeazzi/University of Miami- December 5, 2015
Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL)

36.305 UH Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on Decmeber 5, 2015. The primary goals for this mission were to study the heliospheric Solar Wind Charge Exchange (SWCX) and Local Hot Bubble (LHB) using DXL and UXT suborbital instruments and image the solar wind interaction with the terrestrial magnetosphere using the CuPID soft X-ray camera using newly-developed micropore reflector technology.

49.003 UE Labelle/Dartmouth College - November 30, 2015
Cusp Alfven and Plasma Electrodynamics Rocket (CAPER) →

49.003 UE Oriole 4 was launched from Andoya Space Center, Norway on November 30, 2015. The CAPER mission intended to establish the role and nature of Alfvén wave acceleration in the cusp and discover the causes of the observed differences in the Langmuir waves in the cusp versus the nightside. CAPER also included the first ever wave-particle correlator measurements to be made in the cusp. The results affect a range of NASA programs in geospace, planetary, heliospheric and astrophysical sciences and are pertinent to multiple objectives of NASA’s Heliophysics research program.

36.293 UG Chakrabarti/University of Massachusetts Lowell - November 24, 2015
Planet Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Rocket Experiment (PICTURE)→

36.393 UT Black Brant 9 was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 25, 2015. The PICTURE mission was designed to observe the planetary environment around the star Epsilon Eridani and to directly image the planet.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Black Brant IX launches from Wallops, VA Credit: NASA/Patrick Black

36.310 GT Hesh/NASA GSFC WFF - October 7, 2015
Technology Test Flight

36.310 GT Black Brant 9 was launched from Wallops Island, VA on October 7, 2015. This mission is a test flight of the new Black Brant Mk4 sustainer motor. The primary objective is to characterize the motor performance in a Black Brant IX configuration. The secondary objective of this mission is to provide NASA and NSROC an opportunity to test new technology experiments.

Sounding Rocket carrying the CARE II payload launches from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. Black Brant IX launches from Wallops, VA Credit: NASA/Chris Perry

39.012 DR Bernhardt/Naval Research Laboratory - September 16, 2015
Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE) II→

39.012 DR Black Brant XI was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on September 16, 2015.The CARE II mission examined the effect of artificially-created, charged-particulate layers on the scatter of UHF, L-Band and S-Band radars. The artificial particles were created from 37 CRV7 C14 motors ignited in the ionosphere. CARE II studied the exhaust plume physics including MHD waves and electric fields. The optical signature was measured from scattered sunlight and ion-molecule-electron reactions.

36.291 US Winebarger/University of Alabama - September 3, 2015
Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro Polarimeter (CLASP)→

36.291 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on September 3, 2015.The aim of CLASP mission was to achieve the first measurement of magnetic field in the upper chromosphere and transition region of the Sun through the detection and measurement of Hanle effect polarization of the Lyman alpha line.

36.282 US Kankelborg/Montana State University - August 27, 2015
Multi-Order Solar EUV Spectrograph (MOSES)→

36.282 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on August 27, 2015. The purpose of the MOSES mission was to obtain line intensity images for Ciii 459.3A and Ne vii 465.2A at 1.2” resolution over a 20’ x 10’ field of view with reasonable cadence (approx.. 45 s) and obtain simultaneous line width and doppler shifts for the Ne vii line.. The cadence will be nominally lower than that of MOSES-1 due to the necessarily longer exposure times for Ne vii.

RockSat-X launches from Wallops Island, VA. 46.012 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - August 12, 2015
RockSat-X →

The RockSat-X student mission, 46.012 UO Koehler, was launched from Wallops Island, VA on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. RockSat-X carrier experiments developed by University students from around the country.

Black Brant IX launches from Wallops, VA Credit: A. Stancil

36.313 NP Milliner/NASA Wallops Flight Faciltiy - July 7, 2015
Technology test

36.313 NP Black Brant IX was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 7, 2015. The primary objective of this mission was to provide a technology test flight opportunity for researchers from NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Glenn Research Center.

RockOn launches from Wallops Island, VA.41.113 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - June 25, 2015
RockOn/RockSat C

41.113 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 25, 2015. The primary objective of this effort is to conduct the RockOn Space Flight Workshop that is intended to provide University level students and instructors with a space flight opportunity that involves minimal cost, minimal time investment, minimal complexity, and minimal impact to the NASA Sounding Rockets Program.

36.300 UE Woods/University of Colorado - May 21, 2015
SDO EVE Underflight Calibration Experiment

36.300 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 21, 2015. The primary objective for this mission is to provide an underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. The EVE program provides solar EUV irradiance data for NASA’s Living with the Star (LWS) program, including near real-time data products for use in operational atmospheric models that specify the space environment and to assist in forecasting space weather operations.

Science team with the OGRESS instrument.36.292 UH McEntaffer/University of Iowa - May 2, 2015
Off-plane Grating Rocket for Extended Source Spectroscopy (OGRESS)

36.292 UH Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 2, 2015. The OGRESS instruments provided high spectral resolving power for large diffuse X-ray sources. The science target was the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant which is one of the brightest and largest soft X-ray emitters in the sky. The observation provided global plasma conditions from this object which are typified by interactions between the supernova blast wave and a precursor formed cavity wall. The payload also contains a critical NASA X-ray technology ― off-plane reflection grating arrays.  Combined with parallel technology development efforts, this mission will provide a flight proving platform for future X-ray missions.

RockSat-X launches from Wallops Island.46.008 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - April 18, 2015
RockSat-X

46.008 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on April 18, 2015. This mission is an advanced student mission and a follow on to the RockOn and RockSat-C student payloads.  The mission provides experimenters from several schools the opportunity to fly a payload, of their design, exposed to the space environment. The design of a payload and vehicle with pre-defined mechanical, power, instrumentation and flight performance capabilities were developed to provide exposure to the environment for these university student experimenters.  There were six experiments on this mission.

RockSat-X students preparing their experiments.46.008 UO Koehler/Colorado Space Grant - March 24, 2015 RockSat-X

The RockSat-X mission is currently going through integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Science team with the OGRESS instrument.36.292 UH McEntaffer/University of Iowa - March 13, 2015
Off-plane Grating Rocket for Extended Source Spectroscopy (OGRESS)

The OGRESS mission is currently going through integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

36.299 DS Pedersen/AFRL - February 25, 2015
Ionospheric Control Experiment

36.299 DR Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on February 25, 2015. The Department of Defense’s Space Test Program, based at Kirtland Air Force Base sponsored this mission which carried a payload designed by scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate also at Kirtland Air Force Base. The launch vehicle which is designed to reach an altitude over 100 miles provided an opportunity for the payload to release small amounts of Samarium vapor to create clouds of plasma, or ionized gas into the near-vacuum of space to study processes responsible for formation of the Earth’s ionosphere. Dr. Todd Pedersen/AFRL is the Principal Investigator.

ASSP launch from Poker Flat. Photo by Jamie Adkins/NASA. ASSP launches from Poker Flat, Alaska. Image Credit: NASA/Jamie Adkins

49.002 UE Swenson - January 28, 2015
Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP)→

49.002 UE Oriole-4 was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 28, 2015. The ASSP mission attempts to answer questions about what the contributions of small spatial scale and rapid temporal scale fluctuations of electric fields are relative to the larger-scale electrodynamic processes? ASSP investigated the small scale spatial and temporal variability in the E-field that is known to contribute significantly to the overall heating at high latitudes. and the statistics of small spatial and temporal scales relative to the much larger scale electric field patterns. Read More

Dr. Collins stowing booms after deployment testing.

46.009 & 46.010 UE Collins - January 26, 2015
Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere Turbulence Experiment (M-TEX)→

46.009 and 46.010 UE Terrier-Improved Malemutes were launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 26, 2015. The M-TEX mission objectives include obtaining a better understanding of how meteorological processes control the impact of solar processes on the Earth’s atmosphere through investigating the atmosphere’s response to auroral, radiation belt, and solar energetic particles, and associated effects on nitric oxides and ozone.Read More

MIST payload at Wallops for testing.

41.111 & 41.112 UE Larsen - January 26, 2015
Mesospheric Inversion-layer Stratified Turbulence experiment (MIST)→

41.111 and 41.112 UE Terrier-Improved Orions were launch launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on January 26, 2015.The purpose of the Mesospheric Inversion-layer Stratified Turbulence (MIST) mission is to look for evidence of changes in the stratified turbulence properties within long-lived mesospheric inversion layers in the atmosphere between 80km and 140km. Especially of interest is the structure function, i.e., power spectrum, of the turbulent fluctuations in that region. Read More

FOXSI launches from White Sands Missile Range, NM>

36.295 US Krucker - December 11, 2014
Focusing Optics X-Ray Solar Imager (FOXSI)→

36.295 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on December 11, 2014. The FOXSI instruments test the fabrication and function of focusing optics for solar high energy x-ray observations in the 4-15 keV energy range. FOXSI observed the non-flaring “quiet” Sun and searched for non-thermal x-rays in these regions. These seven detectors are a pathfinder for future observatories investigating particle acceleration on the Sun. Read More

C-REX payload at Wallops for testing prior to flight.

52.001 UE Conde - November 24, 2014
Cusp-Region Experiment (C-REX)→

52.001 UE a Black Brant XII-A was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on November 24, 2014. The scientific objective of the mission is to identify mechanisms responsible for creating a region of enhanced neutral mass density at 400 km altitude that appears to be a permanent feature of Earth’s cusp-region thermosphere.  Earth’s cusps are magnetic field features in the magnetosphere associated with regions through which plasma from the Sun can have direct access to the upper atmosphere.  Neutral and ion flow fields in the region of the density anomaly will be measured to see if that flow is consistent with establishing the observed density enhancement. Read More

The payload before launch at White Sands.

36.253 US Hassler - November 6, 2014
Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment

36.253 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 6, 2014. The Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE) has an extremely high speed scanning-slit imaging spectrograph designed to observe and analyze dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere and corona on time scales as short as 100 ms, with TRACE-like spatial resolutions, and velocity sensitivity of 1-2 km/s. Read More.

Payload being prepared for testing.

49.002 Swenson - October 28, 2014
Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP)→

The ASSP mission is currently going through integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

M-TEX science team with the payload.

46.009 & 46.010 UE Collins - October 10, 2014 Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere Turbulence Experiment (M-TEX)→

The M-TEX mission has completed most of the  integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

CAPER payload in the EMI chamber at Wallops.

49.003 UE Labelle - September 2014
Cusp Alfvén and Plasma Electrodynamics (CAPER)→

The CAPER mission integration and testing activities at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

36.288 DS VOURLIDAS/NRL - September 14, 2014
Very high Angular resolution Ultraviolet Telescope (VAULT 2.0)

The scientific observationsduring this mission included viewing the magnetic footprint-driven evolution and heating of the solar atmosphere. Coronal loops, special hot structures, and other features were present during the observation period with the sun being very active.Read More

Vapor trail released from the payload.

36.308 GT HALL/NASA WFF - August 28, 2014

36.308 GT Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 28, 2014. The primary objective of this mission was to test an ejection system for a future science mission, as well as, test a new High Temperature Antenna. Read More

36.289 US DIDKOVSKY/UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNA July 22, 2014
Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS)

36.289 US Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on July 22, 2014. This was a re-fly of the 36.263 payload that contained the new prototype experiment instruments known as the Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) for Solar Physics. The mission objectives are to: Improve our knowledge of solar physics driven spectral variability over all solar cycle time scales through stable, radiometrically accurate spectral irradiance measurements in the highly dynamic EUV/soft X-ray range. These are improvements on the previous work for SDO/EVE/ESP and SOHO/SEM. Read More

Sub-Tech payload in testing at Wallops.

46.007 GP ROSANOVA/NASA WFF July 2, 2014
Sub-TEC 6

46.007 GP Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 2, 2014. The primary objective of this mission is to develop a new standard carrier for periodic technology demonstration missions. The secondary objective is to provide flight opportunity for several NSROC developmental systems and components. Read More

RockOn mission launches.

41.110 UO KOEHLER/COLORADO SPACE GRANT - June 26, 2014
RockOn

41.110 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 26, 2014.The RockOn workshop is intended to be an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. This will be accomplished by flying two classes of experiments.  First time participants will generally fly the simpler kit built experiment.  As educational institutions gain more experience, it is expected they will progress towards developing their own unique RockSat-C class experiments. Read More

The Chess payload at Wallops.

36.285 UG FRANCE/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - May 24, 2014
Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS)

36.285 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 24, 2014. This mission, the Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph (CHESS), is designed to enable new scientific studies of the Local Interstellar Medium (LISM). The LISM provides an opportunity to study general ISM phenomena up close and in three dimensions, including interactions of different phases of the ISM, cloud collisions, cloud evolution, ionization structure, thermal balance, turbulent motions, etc. Understanding the structure of the LISM is important in evaluating the cosmic ray environment and the potential habitability of nearby exoplanets. Read More

The HYPE payload at Wallops for testing.

36.235 US HARRIS/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA TUCSON 5-3-2014 Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer (HYPE)

36.235 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 3, 2014. The scientific objective of the Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer (HYPE) mission is to measure Hydrogen Lyman light reflected by interplanetary hydrogen (IPH) in the Geocorona. IPH is an important transitional medium that flows from its origin in the local interstellar cloud (LIC) through the LIC-solar wind boundary zones into the inner heliosphere, where it interacts with the solar wind, and radiation pressure. HYPE will measure the line shape of the IPH, yielding information about the thermal structure of the interplanetary medium, the shape and location of the LIC-solar wind boundary areas, and the ionization state of the ILC. Read More

GREECE launches from Poker. Photo by Chris Perry.

36.287 UE SAMARA/SWRI 3-3-2014
Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electrons Correlative Experiment (GREECE)

36.287 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range on March 3, 2014. The purpose of the Ground-to-Rocket Electrodynamics-Electrons Correlative Experiment (GREECE) is to significantly enhance our knowledge of the structure and dynamics of the electron precipitation responsible for the aurora, on both large and small scales, which can ultimately be used to set stronger constraints on models of auroral electrodynamics. Read More

The VeSpR payload at Wallops for intergration.

36.261 UG CLARKE/BOSTON UNIVERSITY 11-26-2013
Venus Spectral Rocket (VeSpR)

36.261 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 26, 2013.The goals of Venus Spectral Rocket (VeSpR) project are to obtain a high resolution spectrum of the Hydrogen (H) and Deuterium (D) Lyman alpha emissions from the atmosphere of Venus, and thereby determine the D/H ratio at the top of Venus’ atmosphere, and to obtain an H / Lyman-alpha image of the extended emissions from the Venus corona. Both the present D/H ratio and the extent of the emission from the coronal atmosphere are related to the present day escape of water from the atmosphere of Venus into space. The end goal is to learn of the history of water on Venus. Read More

36.296 UG MCCANDLISS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 11-20-2013
Far-Ultraviolet Off-Rowland Telescope (FORTIS)

36.296 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 19, 2013.The purpose of the Far-Ultraviolet Off-Rowland Telescope (FORTIS) for Imaging and Spectroscopy mission was to study comet ISON. Read More

36.294 UH MCCAMMON/UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 11-3-2013

36.294 UH Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 3, 2013.The purpose of this mission is to measure the spectrum of the diffuse X-ray emission from the interstellar medium over the energy range 0.10 to 1.00 keV. Read More

EVE launch from White Sands. Photo by White Sands Missile Range.

36.290 US WOODS/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 10-21-2013

36.290 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range on October 21, 2013.The primary purpose of this mission is to provide the fourth underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. Read More

RockSat-X team

46.005 UO KOEHLER/COLORADO SPACE GRANT 8-13-2013

46.005 UO Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 13, 2013. This mission is the 3rd in the series of RockSat-X payloads which provide expanded flight opportunities for University students. The payload provides students from several schools an opportunity to fly an experiment of their choosing and be exposed to the space environment. The mission also served as a testbed for technologies under development by NASA. Read More

36.239 DS KORENDYKE/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 8-8-2013

36.239 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on August 8, 2013.The purpose of the Very High Resolution Imaging Spectrograph (VERIS) mission was to advance the understanding of fundamental solar physics such as coronal heating, solar wind acceleration, flares, and coronal mass ejections. VERIS conducted observations that simultaneously incorporated high spatial and temporal resolution, broad temperature coverage, high temperature fidelity, and sensitivity to velocities and densities. Read More

Daytime Dynamo Black Brant V launches. Image by Chris Perry.

41.090 & 21.140 GE PFAFF/NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 7-4-2013

41.090 and 21.140 GE a Terrier-Improved Orion and Black Brant V were launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 4, 2013.The purpose of this mission is to explore, for the first time, the ion-neutral coupling, wind shears, and electrodynamics of the mid-latitude lower ionosphere during the daytime. In particular, it will determine the cause of intense daytime irregularities that are consistently observed in the mid-latitude, ionosphere during the summer. Read More

RockOn launch 2013. Photo by Chris Perry.

41.106 UO KOEHLER/COLORADO SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM 6-20-2013

41.106 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 20, 2013.The RockOn workshop is intended to be an introductory flight opportunity to provided exposure to, and spark interest in, space based science missions. This will be accomplished by flying two classes of experiments. First time participants will generally fly the simpler kit built experiment. As educational institutions gain more experience, it is expected they will progress towards developing their own unique RockSat-C class experiments. Read More

The CIBER-4 payload team with the payload at Wallops.

40.030 UG BOCK/CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 6-5-2013

40.030 UG Black Brant XII was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 5, 2013. The purpose of this mission is to investigate the spectral and spatial properties of the extragalactic near-infrared background, and will require acquisition of multiple targets with minimal contamination from terrestrial sources of infrared emission. Read More

The FORTIS payload at Wallops for testing.

36.268 UG MCCANDLISS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 5-10-2013

36.268 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 10, 2013. The scientific objective of this mission is to investigate Lyman alpha escape from nearby star-forming galaxies and to quantify its relationship to the local gas-to-dust ratio using multi-object far-ultraviolet spectroscopy. The first-flight of the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-Circle for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) is designed to observe extended bright HII regions of low red-shift star-forming galaxies. Read More

Terrier-Orion rocket launches from Kwajalein.

41.102 DR CATON/UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 5-8-2013

41.102 DR Terrier-Orion was launched from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands on May 8, 2013. The primary objective of the Metal Oxide Space Cloud (MOSC) experiment is to demonstrate increases in ionospheric density for future application in technology to mitigate and/or control scintillation effects on COM/NAV operational systems. The secondary objective is to provide a technical basis for DSC use of on-demand space plasma generation (e.g., HF propagation). Read More

Rocket launches from Kwajalein.

45.005 & 46.001 UE KUDEKI/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 5-7-2013

45.005 Terrier-Oriole and 46.001 Terrier-Improved Malemute were launched from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands on May 7, 2013. The scientific objective of the Equatorial Vortex Experiment (EVEX) mission is to validate/falsify models of post-sunset electrodynamics via direct measurements of their drivers, specifically zonal winds. The experiments are designed to obtain in-situ measurements of E- and F-region AC and DC electric fields, plasma velocity, neutral winds, and plasma densities. Read More

41.100 DR CATON/UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 5-1-2013

41.100 DR Terrier-Orion was launched from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands on May 1, 2013. The primary objective of the Metal Oxide Space Cloud (MOSC) experiment is to demonstrate increases in ionospheric density for future application in technology to mitigate and/or control scintillation effects on COM/NAV operational systems. The secondary objective is to provide a technical basis for DSC use of on-demand space plasma generation (e.g., HF propagation). Read More

EUNIS being prepared for flight.

36.269 GS RABIN/NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 4-23-2013

36.269 GS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 23, 2013.The purpose of this mission is to probe the structure and dynamics of the inner solar corona Study evolving and transient structures by obtaining spectra with a high cadence. Study diagnostics of wave heating and reconnection in the solar wind acceleration region provide absolute intensity calibration of orbital instruments including Hinode/EIS, Stereo/EUVI. SOHO/CDS & EIT, and TRACE. Read More

SLICE team with rocket.

36.271 UG FRANCE/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 4-21-2013

36.271 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 21, 2013.Suborbital Local Interstellar Cloud Experiment (SLICE) is a re-fly of the 36.270 payload, DICE. DICE was to sample the interface at the local cavity wall and determine whether the gas at the interface is flowing into the cavity or away from it. The current hot bubble model assumes a conductive heating interface, which the DICE instrument was to directly confirm or deny. SLICE is to further the study of the hot gas inside the local bubble and the interface between the local bubble and the ambient interstellar medium. Read More

41.104 GT ROSANOVA/NASA GSFC WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 2-15-2013

41.104 GT Terrier Improved Orion was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on February 15, 2013. This was a test flight to verify uplink resources relocated to WSMR LC-36 VAB facility with multiple technology experiments. Read More

The Rowland payload at Wallops for testing.

49.001 UE ROWLAND/NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 2-6-2013

49.001 UE Oriole IV (Talos – Terrier Mk70 – Oriole – Nihka) was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on February 6, 2013. The VISualizing Ion Outflow vie Neutral atom imaging during a Substrom (VISIONS) science objective is to understand: How, when, and where, are ions accelerated to escape velocities in the auroral zone below 1,000 Km following a sub-storm onset. Read More

The Galeazzi payload at Wallops for testing.

41.107 NT WEST/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 1-29-2013

41.107 NT Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on January 29, 2013. The objective for this mission was to test two different methods for creating the lithium vapor were tested to determine which configuration is best for observing various science phenomena in space. Read More

The Galeazzi payload at Wallops for testing.

36.283 UH GALEAZZI/UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI 12-13-2012

36.283 UH Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on December 13, 2012. The objectives of the Diffuse X-ray Emission from the Local Galaxy (DXL) experiment were to:obtain geometric measurements of the heliospheric Solar Wind Charge Exchange (SWCX) using an existing, large collecting area (1000 cm2 at 1 keV) suborbital instrument, differentiate the foreground SWCX emission from the background LHB emission separately in the ¼ keV and ¾ keV bands, and to obtain geometric information for input to the heliospheric SWCX models that are necessary for interpreting astrophysical observations using large observatories. Read More

Cook payload team at Wallops.

36.260 UG COOK/UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL 11-21-2012

36.260 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 21, 2012. The primary goal of this project is to image the unique galaxy M101 in three medium ultraviolet bands to probe the dependence of the UV dust extinction features on formation and processing mechanisms. Read More

36.255 US KRUCKER/UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY 11-2-2012

36.255 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 2, 2012. The Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI) sounding rocket tests the fabrication and function of focusing optics for solar hard X-ray observations in the 5—15 keV energy range. Read More

Talos Terrier Oriole launches from Wallops Island.

12.075 GT BRODELL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 9-22-2012

12.075 GT Talos-Terrier-Oriole was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 22, 2012. The primary objective of this mission was to verify performance and dynamic stability of the vehicle stack with an Oriole as the third stage. This mission also provided a test flight for the 20 Mbit MV encoder, Digital Spin System, and Altitude Prediction, Reporting and Accuracy (APRA) Experiment. Read More

IRVE-3 launch from Wallops Island, VA.

46.004 GO ROSANOVA/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 9-21-2012

46.004 GO Terrier Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 21, 2012. The mission provided student experimenters from several schools the opportunity to fly a payload, of their design, exposed to the space environment. The design of a payload and vehicle with pre-defined mechanical, power, instrumentation and flight performance capabilities were developed to provide exposure to the space environment for these university student experimenters. Secondarily, this mission will demonstrate the development and operation of a newly designed flotation aide for technology development under the Sounding Rockets Program Office. Read More

36.263 US JUDGE/UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 7-24-2012

36.263 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range on July 24, 2012. The mission objectives of the Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) for Solar Physics are to improve our knowledge of solar physics driven spectral variability over all solar cycle time scales through stable, radiometrically accurate spectral irradiance measurements in the highly dynamic EUV/soft X-ray range, demonstrate flight quality, degradation-free solar EUV and soft X-ray flight instruments and to provide well calibrated, significantly improved absolute irradiance measurements for intercalibration with on orbit EUV instrumentation. Read More

IRVE-3 launch from Wallops Island, VA.

39.011 NR CHEATWOOD/NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER 7-23-2012

39.011 NR Black Brant XI was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 23, 2012. The mission objectives for this third Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) are to 1) execute a flight-test that demonstrates inflation and survivability at a relevant dynamic pressure, 2) assess the performance of the vehicle from a thermal, and structural dynamics perspective, and 3) validate the analysis and design techniques used in the development of the Reentry Vehicle (RV); all at higher heating loads than previous IRVE missions. Read More

36.272 NS CIRTAIN/NASA MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 7-11-2012

36.272 NS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 11, 2012. The primary objective of this mission is to capture a high resolution image of the solar corona. This improved spatial resolution (0.1 arcsecond) image will allow study of the solar coronas Active Region Fine Structure (Strands), Structure of the transition region, unresolved active region corona, and Magnetic topologies in the corona. Read More

36.284 NS CIRTAIN/NASA MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 7-5-2012

36.284 NS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 5, 2012. The purpose of the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation (SUMI) experiment is to detect and interpret the full stokes profile in the Upper Chromosphere and Transition Region. SUMI will measure the spectra of Mg II and C IV at several different polarization angles and use the variation in the measured spectral intensity to infer the magnetic field strength and direction. Using this data, a connection can be found between the magnetic fields and dynamic events found in these regions. The investigation will also coordinate imaging and spectroscopic observations with Hinode/SOT-EIS. Read More

36.286 UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 23, 2012. The purpose of the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) is to provide underflight calibrations for solar EUV imagers aborad Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), SOHO, GOES, PRoba1 and Hinode satellites. Read More

RockON mission launches from Wallops Island.

41.101 UO KOEHLER/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO/SPACE GRANT 6-21-2012

41.101 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 21, 2012.The primary objective of the RockSat/RockOn mission is to provide university undergraduate level students and instructors with a space flight opportunity that involves minimal cost, minimal time investment, minimal complexity, and minimal impact on the NASA Sounding Rocket Program (NSRP). Read More

The payload during testing at Wallops.

41.097, 41.098, 46.002, 46.003, 45.004 UE LARSEN/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 3-27-2012

Two Terrier-Improved Orions (41.097&41.098), two Terrier-Improved Malemutes (46.002&46.003) and one Terrier-Oriole (45.004) were launched from Wallops Island, VA on March 27, 2012. The scientific objective of the Anomalous TRansport EXperiment (ATREX) is to obtain measurements of the turbulent fluctuations over an extended horizontal range of 550 km. Specifically, it will measure the structure function for the velocity fluctuations over a range of horizontal spatial lags that covers a decade or more. The structure function parameters, including the Hurst or fractal exponent, are critical in distinguishing the different types of turbulent processes. The relative separation velocities as a function of horizontal separation are also an important diagnostic of the dynamics responsible for the anomalous transport. Read More

The payload during testing at Wallops.

36.277 UG BOCK/CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 3-22-2012

36.277 UG Terrier-Black Brant  was launched from White Sands Missile Range on March 22, 2012. The purpose of Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER) is to investigate the spectral and spatial properties of the extragalactic near-infrared background,and will require acquisition of multiple targets with minimal contamination from terrestrial sources of infrared emission. Read More

The payload during testing at Wallops.

36.273 UE POWELL/CORNELL UNIVERSITY 2-19-2012

36.273 UE Terrier-Black Brant  was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Fairbanks, AK on February 19, 2012. The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Alfvén resonator (MICA) sounding rocket measured ion temperature and density, electron temperature and density, electron precipitation, ion upflow, convection and ULF electric fields, magnetic fields from which field-aligned current (FAC) can be inferred, and plasma waves. Read More

Terrier-Improved Malemute launch from Wallops Island.

12.074 GT HALL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 1-11-2012

12.074 GT Terrier-Improved Malemute  was launched from Wallops Island, VA on January 11, 2012. This mission will provide the second test flight of the Terrier Improved Malemute vehicle configuration. The primary objective is to characterize the performance of this vehicle configuration, to determine the suitability of the Improved Malemute to be used in the Sounding Rocket Program. Read More

36.274 UH CASH/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 12-10-2011

36.274 UH Terrier-Black Brant  was launched from White Sands Missile Range on December 10, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to obtain a high resolution x-ray spectra of the Vela and Puppis supernova remnants. Read More

McCammon team with rocket.

36.264 UH MCCAMMON/UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 11-6-2011

36.264 UH Terrier-Black Brant  was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 6, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to measure the spectrum of the diffuse X-ray emission from the interstellar medium over the energy range 0.07 to 1 keV. Read More

Terrier Mk12 lift-off.

41.093 UE ROBERTSON/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 10-13-2011

41.093 UE Terrier-Improved Orion  was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Andenes, Norway on October 13, 2011. The purpose of the CHAMPS missions is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, and size distribution of the aerosol particles (meteor dust) that are the nucleation sites for the icy particles that create noctilucent clouds and polar summer mesospheric radar echoes.  Read More

Terrier Mk12 lift-off.

41.094 UE ROBERTSON/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 10-11-2011

41.094 UE Terrier-Improved Orion  was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Andenes, Norway on October 11, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, charge, and mass distribution of meteoritic smoke particles (MSPs) as a function of altitude.  Read More

Terrier Mk12 lift-off.

36.225 UGCHAKRABARTI/BOSTON UNIVERSITY 10-8-2011

36.225 UG Terrier-Black Brant  was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on October 8, 2011. The mission contains a newly designed and fabricated payload. The Planet Imaging Concept Test bed Using a Rocket Experiment  (PICTURE) will mature the technology needed to obtain the first direct image of a  Jupiter-like planet around a Sun-like star.  PICTURE will observe the debris disk around Epsilon Eridani (ε Eri b).  Read More

Terrier Mk12 lift-off.

12.076 GT BRODELL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 9-8-2011

12.076 GT Terrier Mk12 was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 8, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to verify the design modifications made to the MK12 Terrier motor to compensate for grain shrinkage issues that occur due to aging. Read More

RockOn launch 2011

41.092 UO ROSANOVA/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 7-21-2011

41.092 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 21, 2011. The primary objective of this mission is to develop and launch the first RockSat-X, which will provide expanded opportunities for RockOn participant and other schools with experiment bays exposed to the space environment. The secondary objective is to provide a flight demonstration of a floatation aid technology option for the Sounding Rocket Program. Read More

Daytime Dynamo Rockets lift-off

21.141 and 41.091 UE PFAFF/NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 7-10-2011

21.141 and 41.091 UE Black Brant and Terrier-Improved Orion were launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 10, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to explore, for the first time, the ion-neutral coupling, wind shears, and electrodynamics of the mid-latitude lower ionosphere during the daytime. In particular, it will determine the cause of intense daytime irregularities that are consistently observed in the mid-latitude, ionosphere during the summer. Read More

RockOn launch 2011

41.095 UO KOEHLER/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO/SPACE GRANT 6-23-2011

41.095 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 23, 2011.The primary objective of the RockSat/RockOn mission is to provide university undergraduate level students and instructors with a space flight opportunity that involves minimal cost, minimal time investment, minimal complexity, and minimal impact on the NASA Sounding Rocket Program (NSRP). Read More

Sub-TECH payload on balance table.

41.096 GT HALL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 6-10-2011

41.096 GT Terrier-Improved Orions was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 10 2011.The primary objective of this mission is to flight test SMART payload technologies designed and built by GSFC for the ORS program. The secondary objectives are to provide a flight demonstration of the GSFC/Space Cube flight processor and to provide a test flight opportunity for NSROC components. Read More

36.278 GT BRODELL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 4-27-2011

36.278 GT Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on April 27, 2011.The primary objective of this mission is to conduct a test flight of a recently manufactured Black Brant motor that was cast using a new mixing process. Read More

36.275 UE WOODS/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 3-23-11

36.275 UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on March 23, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to provide the second underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. Read More

Bailey launch at Poker Flat, Alaska.

36.256 UE BAILEY/VIRGINIA TECH 2-5-11

36.256 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on Feburay 5, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to measure the concentration of nitric oxide in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere in the nighttime polar region. Read More

Green payload team with payload.

36.257 UG GREEN/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 1-28-11

36.257 UG Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on January 28, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to search for young stars in nearby galaxies.  FIRE imaged a spectral region unexplored astronomically. The imaging band of FIRE(~900‐1100 Å) will help fill the current wavelength imaging observation hole existing from~620 Å to the GALEX band near 1350 Å. Read More

Lessard payload in deployment bay.

40.026 UE LESSARD/UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 12-12-10

40.026 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on December 12, 2010. The purpose of the Rocket Experiment for Neutral Upwelling (RENU) mission is to investigate netural upwelling in the cusp. Read More

Heyne team in front of payload.

41.087 NT HEYNE/JPL 12-6-10

41.087 NT Terrier-Orion was launched from White Sands, NM on December 6, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to advance Terrain-Relative Navigation (TRN) technology by collecting a set of correlated ground imagery, inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), and Global Position System (GPS) data during a sounding rocket flight and performing postflight data analysis. Read More

SubTEC 3 payload on vibration table.

41.082 NP BULL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 9-21-10

41.082 NP Terrier-Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 21, 2010. The mission, Suborbital Technology Experiment Carrier (SubTEC) III, was designed to demonstrate multiple technologies, improve sounding rocket capabilities, and support range development initiatives. Read More

36.219 US HASSLER/SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE 8-23-10

36.219 US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on August 23, 2010.The purpose of this mission is to observe and analyze dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere and corona. Read More

12.073 GT HALL/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 8-4-10

12.073 GT Black Brant X was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 4, 2010. This flight was a demonstration of the new production Nihka motor and ignition system in a dynamic environment representative of a nominal altitude. Read More

36.213 NS DAVIS/NASA MARSHALLSPACE FLIGHT CENTER 7-30-10

36.213 NS Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 30, 2010. The primary objective of  the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation (SUMI) experiment is to test the technologies that have been developed for making magnetic field measurements in the upper chromosphere/lower transition region. Read More

Bock 36.226, which is similar to 36.265, being tested at Wallops.

36.265 UG BOCK/CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 7-11-10

36.265 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 11, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to conduct a pioneering search for IRB anisotropies and is specifically designed to measure fluctuations at wavelengths and spatial scales where a putative first-light galaxy signal can be best detected and discriminated from foregrounds. Read More

RockOn launch takes off from Wallops Island

41.088 UO KOEHLER/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 6-24-10

41.088 UO Terrier-Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 24, 2010. This mission was the third flight of the hands-on, university level rocket flight workshop known as “RockOn” which is the collaborative efforts of Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC), the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), and Wallops Flight Facility. Read More

Green payload on vibration table at Wallops.

36.270 UG GREEN/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 5-21-10

36.270 UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 21, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to sample the interface at the local cavity wall and determine whether the gas at the interface is flowing into the cavity or away from it. Read More

36.258 UE WOODS/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 5-3-10

36.258 UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 3, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to provide a calibration underflight for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. Read More

12.067 Hall launch

12.067 GT HALL NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 3-27-10

12.067 GT Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on March 27, 2010. The purpose of this mission was to test flight the Improved Malemute vehicle. Two student CubeSats also were flown on this mission. Read More

Liftoff image of Koehler 2009

NASA hosts RockOn! 2010 University Rocket Science Workshop

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn! 2010 workshop June 19-24 in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Registrations for the 2010 workshop are being accepted through March 22. Read More

Labelle payload on EMI chamber

40.025 UE LABELLE/DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 2-15-10

40.025 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 15, 2010. The purpose of the Correlation of High Frequency and Auroral Roar Measurements (CHARM) II mission is answer several outstanding questions about the physics of high frequency waves in the Earth's aurora.

Conde payload on vibration table at Wallops.

41.084 UE CONDE/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-9-10

41.084 UE

Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 9, 2010.The purpose of this mission is to develop a new technique for measuring wide spread wind gradients from a single rocket.

Erdman payload at Wallops.

41.086 UE ERDMAN/EMBRY-RIDDLE UNIVERSITY 12-17-09

41.086 UE Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from White Sands Missile Range on December 17, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to measure with high resolution the individual mesospheric OH emission profiles for spectrally isolated transitions.

Mesquito launch

12.068 GT HALL/HICKMAN/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 12-16-09

A M26/MLRS vehicle was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on December 16, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to evaluate the performance of new vehicle configuration under development.

36.252 UH CASH/UNVIERSITY OF COLORADO 11-13-09

 

A Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM, on November 13, 2009. The scientific goal of this mission is to obtain x-ray spectral diagnostics of a nearby extended supernova remnant, the Cygnus Loop.

Black Brant XI sounding rocket launching from Wallops Island

39.009 DR BERNHARDT/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 9-19-09

A Black Brant XI sounding rocket was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, VA on September 19, 2009. The Charged Dust Release Experiment (CARE) forms a dust cloud in space to simulate a noctilucent cloud with a Nihka motor igniting on the downleg of a BB XI trajectory (the Nihka motor is used as an experiment and not for propulsion of the vehicle) and includes an experiment beacon operating at two frequencies. The cloud will be observed from multiple ground sites and a satellite.

Terrier-Brant launch from White Sands

36.221 DS MOSES/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 9-14-09

36.221 DS Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on September 14, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to combine, extend and refine the capabilities of the SOHO EIT, LASCO and UVCS instruments.

IRVE II launch from Wallops

36.254 NR CHEATWOOD/NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER 8-17-09

36.254 NR Terrier-Black Brant was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on August 17, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to execute a flight test of an inflatable body that demonstrates inflation and survivability ata relevant dynamic pressure. Read More

Green payload on vibration table

36.244 UG GREEN/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 6-27-09

36.244 UGTerrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on June 27, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to study the interstellar medium.

41.083 Koehler lift-off

41.083 UO KOEHLER/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER 6-26-09

41.083 UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA on June 26, 2009.The purpose of this mission is to provide university undergraduate level students and instructors with a hands-on space flight opportunity.

Murbach payload on vibration table

41.080 NR MURBACH/NASA-AMES 5-28-09

41.080 NR Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA on May 28, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to study the Ames Research Center deployable SCRAMP design and investigate super/hypersonic decelerator concepts. The mission also tests Systima Technologies' restraint and dispense system. Read More

Lynch payload on vibration table at Wallops.

40.023 UE LYNCH/DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 3-20-09

40.023 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Poker Flat, AK on March 20, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to investigate motions and structure of electron precipitation in a pre-midnight poleward edge discrete aurora.

Bock payload in spin deployment bay.

36.226 UG BOCK/CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 2-25-09

36.226 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on February 25, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to investigate the spectral and spatial properties of the extra-galactic near-infrared background by observing seven science targets. Read More

Lehmacher payload

41.077 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.077 UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere.

Lehmacher payload

41.079 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.079 UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere.

Lehmacher payload

41.078 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.078UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere.

Lehmacher payload

41.076 UE LEHMACHER/CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 2-18-09

41.076 UE Terrier-Improve Orions was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on February 18, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to determine the uppermost levels of neutral air turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere.

Bounds 21.139 at Wallops

21.139 UE BOUNDS/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 1-29-09

21.139 UE Black Brant V was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on January 29, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to study electric fields and current structure within an aurora.

Bounds 36.242 at Wallops

36.242 UE BOUNDS/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 1-29-09

36.242 UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on January 29, 2009. The purpose of this mission is to study electric fields and current structure within an aurora.

Thorsen rocket launches from Poker

30.073 UO THORSEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 1-10-09

30.073 UO Improved Orion was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska on January 10, 2009. The purpose of this student mission is to measure plasma and geomagnetic structure of the high latitude D-region.

Kowalski payload on vibration talbe

36.207 DG KOWALSKI/NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY 10-20-08

36.207 DG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on October 20, 2008. The purpose of this mission is to observe white dwarf Feige 24 with a high resolution extreme ultraviolet spectrometer.

Sub-TEC 2 payload on spin/balance table at Wallops

41.075 GT SMITH/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 7-14-08

41.075 GT Terrier Mk70 Improved-Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 14, 2008. The Sub-TEC II (Suborbital Technology Experiment Carrier) technology demonstration mission included the NASA/Wallops Beamformer system, KSC Command and Telemetry Processor and Rf Health Node, and multiple NSROC (NASA Sounding Rockets Operations Contract) systems.

Orion launch

30.074 NO EBERSPEAKER/NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY 6-27-08

30.074 NO Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June27, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to conduct a pilot mission for the RockOn Space Flight Workshop concept. Read More

Black Brant XI launch

39.008 DR LECLAIR/MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY 6-26-08

39.008 DR Black Brant XI was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 26, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to enable new sensor technology and improve mission assurance of sensor flight experiments.

36.223 UH MCCAMMON/UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 5-1-08

36.223 UH Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 1, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to measure the spectrum of the diffuse x-ray emission from the interstellar medium over the energy range 0.07 to 1keV.

36.240 UE WOODS/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 4-14-08

36.240 UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on April 14, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to provide under-flight alibration of the Solar EUV Experiment (SEE) aboard the Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) Satellite.

Bock payload in spin deployment bay.

36.226 BOCK INTEGRATION AT WALLOPS 3-27-2008

A new telescope, Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER) from Caltech has been prepared for its maiden flight scheduled for June 2008 from White Sands MissileRange. Read More

40.021 UE KINTNER/CORNELL UNIVERSITY 1-18-08

40.021 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway on January 18, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to investigate ionospheric outflows between 200 km and 1400 km in the polar cusp.

36.243 UG McCANDLISS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 1-11-08

36.243 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range,NM on January 11, 2008. The purpose of the mission is to image long split spectra of the Orion Nebula.

Kletzing Black Brant XII launching. Photo by Scott Hesh/NSRPOC.

40.018 UE KLETZING/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 12-10-07

40.018 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway on December 10, 2007. The experiments, Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics (TRICE), study the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection by making high-resolution measurements in a near-Earth space plasma environment. 40.018 was the first of two rockets to launch as part of the TRICE mission. Read More

Kletzing Black Brant XII launching. Photo by Scott Hesh/NSRPOC.

40.022 UE KLETZING/UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 12-10-07

40.022 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range in Norway on December 10, 2007. The experiments, Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics (TRICE), study the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection by making high-resolution measurements in a near-Earth space plasma environment. 40.022 was the second of two rockets to launch as part of the TRICE mission. Read More

Rockets on rail at the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway

KLETZING 40.018 & 40.022 STAGED AND READY TO LAUNCH

Two payloads, Kletzing 40.018 and 40.022, are staged and ready to launch at Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. The purpose of this mission is to study magnetic reconnection in the polar cusp.

36.241 GS RABIN/NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER 11-6-07

36.241 GS Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on November 6, 2007. The Extreme Ultraviolet Normal-Incidence Spectrograph (EUNIS) is designed to study the physical properties of the solar corona by simultaneously observing the two spectral ranges of 17-21 nm and 30-37 nm.

Sounding Rocket launching

36.218 UE EARLE/UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - DALLAS 10-30-07

36.218 UE Black Brant IX was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on October 30, 2007. The purpose of the mission is to investigate Mid-Latitude Ionospheric irregularities associated with terrestrial weather systems.

Kletzing payload during boom deployment test at Wallops

KLETZING 40.018 & 40.022 TESTING AND EVALUATION

Two payloads to study magnetic reconnection in the polar cusp are at Wallops for Testing and Evaluation. The payloads will be launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway in December 2007. Read More

41.055 NP PLAYER/NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER 9-6-07

41.055 NP Terrier Mk70-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on September 6, 2007. The purpose of the mission is to test and validate an inflatable ballute decelerator concept.

36.220 UG McCANDLISS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 8-13-07

36.220 UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range,NM on August 13, 2007. The purpose of the mission is to image long split spectra of the Trifid Nebula.

Robertson rocket launch from Norway. Photo by Scott Hesh

41.070 UE ROBERTSON/UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 8-6-07

41.070 UE Terrier Mk 12 - Improved Orion was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on August 6, 2007. The purpose of the MASS missions is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, and size distribution of the aerosol particles responsible for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) and polar summer mesospheric radar echoes (PMSEs) and measurements of associated electric fields and of electron densities.

41.069 UE ROBERTSON 8-3-07

41.069 UE Terrier Mk 12 - Improved Orion was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on August 3, 2007. The purpose of the MASS missions is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, and size distribution of the aerosol particles responsible for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) and polar summer mesospheric radar echoes (PMSEs) and measurements of associated electric fields and of electron densities.

12.059 GT COSTELLO/NSROC 6-21-07

12.059 GT Terrier Mk 12 - Improved Orion was launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on June 21, 2007. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate and flight qualify the ST5000 Star Tracker and the NSROC Celestial Attitude Control System.

Robertson payload with booms deployed

ROBERTSON 41.069 & 41.070 PAYLOADS AT WALLOPS FOR TESTING

Two payloads to study Noctilucent clouds are at Wallops for Testing and Evaluation. The payloads will be launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway in August 2007.

NASA FUNDS UNIVERSITIES' NEW EXPERIMENTS FOR SUBORBITAL FLIGHT

NASA has selected four universities to conduct suborbital scientific research that is a new step in reinvigorating the agency's sounding rocket science program.

Embry-Riddle student working on Wallops Island

EMBRY-RIDDLE UNIVERSITY STUDENT ROCKET LAUNCH 3-22-07

Embry-Riddle University Students launched their "Icarus" rocket from Wallops Island on Mark 22, 2007, at 06:15 EDT.

ACS on airbearing

CELESTIAL ACS AIR-BEARING TESTS 3-15-07

The new Celestial Attitude Control System (ACS) is undergoing testing on the air-bearing. A flight test of the system will be conducted in April from White Sands in New Mexico. Future flights of this type of ACS includes the PICTURE mission in July.

Beam Former test preparation

BEAM FORMER INSTRUMENT VIBRATION 3-15-07

The Beam Former Instrument, developed by JEM Engineering under the SBIR program, was prepared for vibration testing. The Beam Former is part of a Phase Array antenna and will be flown on the Sub-TEC payload in the Fall on 2007.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY STUDENT ROCKET 3-15-07

Students from the Air Force Academy were at Wallops for Testing and Evaluation of their payload. All tests were completed without any problems and the vehicle is scheduled for launch in the late Spring 2007.

40.019 UE LABELLE/DARTMOUTH COLLEGE 2-28-07

40.019 UE Black Brant XII was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 28, 2007. This vehicle was the last of ten rockets flown during the January - February launch window. The purpose of this mission is to study the Correlation of High-Frequencies and AuroralRoar Measurements (CHARM). The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. LaBelle of Dartmouth College. Read More

Image of Poker Flat range with Aurora

41.062 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

41.062 UE Terrier-Orion was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehicle was part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska. Read More

41.063 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

41.063 UE Terrier-Orion was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehiclewas part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska. Read More

35.037 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

35.037 UE Black Brant X was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehiclewas part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska. Read More

41.061 UE CRAVEN/UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA 2-14-07

41.061 UE Terrier-Orion was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 14, 2007. This vehiclewas part of a salvo of four rockets launched in sequence to investigate Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Craven of the University of Alaska. Read More

40.020 UE LESSARD/UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 2-13-07

40.020 UE Black Brant XII was successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 12, 2007. The purpose of this mission is to investigate various aspects of pulsating aurora. The principal investigator for this mission is Dr. Marc Lessard of the University of New Hampshire. Read More