Wallops Flight Facility

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying student experiments has been launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore.

NASA says it launched the Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday from the Wallops Island Flight Facility. The rocket descended by parachute into the Atlantic Ocean after flying to an altitude of about 97 miles.

NASA says in a news release that the launch was witnessed by more than 60 university and college students and instructors from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying experiments developed by students is scheduled to be launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore on Tuesday.

NASA says community college and undergraduate university students from seven higher education programs across the nation developed the experiments through the RockSat-X program.

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the backup launch days.


The Wallops Flight Facility launched a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket this morning at around 6:15 a.m.
It carried two space technology demonstration projects from the SOAREX-8 Exo-Brake Flight test NASA’s from the Ames Research Center in California and the Radial Core Heat Spreader from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Officials said that data from both was received successfully.

The payload reached a height of 206 miles before falling back into the Atlantic Ocean.

None of it will be recovered.

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.