RockSat-X

NASA Wallops Flight Facility

A NASA MalemuteTerrier-Improved suborbital rocket lifted off this morning from Wallops Flight Facility this morning carrying experiment developed by university students from across the nation.

The experiments were developed through the RockSat-X program conducted with the Colorado Space Grant Constortium.

There were around 40 students and instructors on hand for the launch this morning.

The launch was dedicated to Brad Mason, a recent graduate from Crisfield High School who had been an intern at Wallops, and died in a crash earlier this summer.

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is set for another suborbital rocket launch this Thursday.

It will give students hands-on experience in designing, building, testing and carrying out four experiments.

The RockSat-X is a joint effort by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The experiments range from an analysis of atmospheric particles by students at the University of Puerto Rico to measuring nitric oxide and atmospheric dust by students from Virginia Tech and Baylor universities.