WALLOPS ISLAND – A two-stage Terrier MK12 Improved Orion launched from Pad 2 at the Wallops Range March 7 with three experiments on board.

Research Range Services (RRS) personnel provided the usual support for the mission including radar, telemetry, optical tracking, command and control and other services. One of the experiments on the payload used an industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band as the telemetry downlink frequency. This frequency band is the same used by Wi-Fi switches available to the public.

The frequency range was outside the normal parameters supported and required some changes in the receiving antennas architecture in order to receive the telemetry data. RRS accomplished this and was able to pass the data on to the principal investigator.

NASA Ames Research Center from the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) was the lead on the project. The experiments were the Radiation Tolerant Computer System (RadPC) from Montana State University, the Vibration Isolation Platform (VIP) from Controlled Dynamics Inc. and Sub-Orbital Aerodynamic Re-entry Experiments-9 (SOAREX-9) from NASA’s Ames Research Center.

The payload reached an apogee of more than 99 miles and carried the experiments to suborbital space. It re-entered the atmosphere back into the Atlantic Ocean and was recovered by the Range.