Big Science Drives Wallops’ Upgrades for NASA Suborbital Missions – NASA

Big Science Drives Wallops’ Upgrades for NASA Suborbital Missions – NASA

Large amounts of data collected by today’s sensitive science instruments present a data-handling challenge to small rocket and balloon suborbital mission computing and avionics systems. Large amounts of data collected by today’s sensitive science instruments present a data-handling challenge to small rocket and balloon mission computing systems. “Just generally, science payloads are getting larger and … Read more

NASA Balloons Head North of Arctic Circle for Long-Duration Flights – NASA

NASA Balloons Head North of Arctic Circle for Long-Duration Flights – NASA

NASA is set to begin launch operations mid-May for the 2024 Sweden Long-Duration Scientific Balloon Campaign. Four stadium-sized, scientific balloons carrying science missions and technology demonstrations are scheduled to lift off from Swedish Space Corporation’s Esrange Space Center, situated north of the Arctic Circle near Kiruna, Sweden. The campaign will continue through early July. “NASA’s … Read more

Two NASA Sounding Rockets Launch from Alaska During Solar Flare – NASA

Two NASA Sounding Rockets Launch from Alaska During Solar Flare – NASA

Two Black Brant IX sounding rockets launched from Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska, April 17, 2024, during an M-class solar flare for NASA’s sounding rocket solar flare campaign. The first rocket launched at 2:13 p.m. local Alaska time for the Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI) mission that used X-ray vision to observe … Read more

Sometimes Getting the Perfect Picture Really Is Rocket Science – NASA

Sometimes Getting the Perfect Picture Really Is Rocket Science – NASA

NASA Engineer Cindy Fuentes Rosal waves goodbye to a Black Brant IX sounding rocket launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. The rocket was part of a series of three launches for the Atmospheric Perturbations around Eclipse Path (APEP) mission to study the disturbances in … Read more

NASA Wallops Launches 3 Rockets During Eclipse in Virginia – NASA

NASA Wallops Launches 3 Rockets During Eclipse in Virginia – NASA

Three Black Brant IX sounding rockets launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia April 8, 2024, during the solar eclipse. The rockets launched for the Atmospheric Perturbations around Eclipse Path (APEP) mission to study the disturbances in the electrified region of Earth’s atmosphere known as the ionosphere created when the Moon eclipses the Sun. … Read more

NASA Wallops to Launch Three Sounding Rockets During Solar Eclipse  – NASA

NASA Wallops to Launch Three Sounding Rockets During Solar Eclipse  – NASA

Three Black Brant IX sounding rockets for the Atmospheric Perturbations around Eclipse Path (APEP) mission are scheduled to launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility launch range in Virginia. The launch window opens April 8, 2024, at 2:40 p.m. EDT.   Launching approximately 45 minutes before, during, and after the peak local eclipse, the APEP sounding rockets … Read more

NASA Invites Media to Eclipse Mission Sounding Rocket Media Day  – NASA

NASA Invites Media to Eclipse Mission Sounding Rocket Media Day  – NASA

Media are invited to apply for accreditation to attend a pre-launch media day to learn about a sounding rocket mission set to launch from Virginia’s Eastern Shore during the 2024 solar eclipse. The April 2 media day event includes opportunities to hear from subject matter experts, tour the facility, and interview members of the research … Read more

NRO Mission Launches from NASA Wallops on Electron Rocket   – NASA

NRO Mission Launches from NASA Wallops on Electron Rocket   – NASA

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility supported the successful launch of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket at 3:25 a.m. EDT, Thursday, March 21, from Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.   The rocket carried three collaborative research missions for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The mission, dubbed NROL-123, was the first NRO mission to fly on … Read more

NASA Wallops Supports Rocket Lab Launch for NRO From Virginia – NASA

NASA Wallops Supports Rocket Lab Launch for NRO From Virginia – NASA

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will support commercial launch provider Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket launch no earlier than March 21 at 2:40 a.m. EDT. The four-hour launch window runs through 6:30 a.m. The mission, named NROL-123, is a dedicated launch for NRO (National Reconnaissance Office). The 59-foot-tall Electron rocket will lift off from Launch … Read more