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Wallops Flight Facility has successfully launched the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket containing Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier.

Liftoff occurred at 9:50 a.m.

It reached 115 miles apogee before returning to earth.

Wallops officials say the payload is being recovered and that the data and analysis from the instruments look good.

It has been set to lift off last week, but was delayed because of weather conditions.

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A sounding rocket is set to take off from Wallops Flight facility this morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. after the launch was scrubbed yesterday.

The payload consists of the several Wallops engineering projects as well as experiments from West Virginia University.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the test will confirm ionospheric and upper-atmospheric theories.

In addition, the tests will assess weather conditions in space.


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Another Wallops Flight Facility launch has been scrubbed due to poor weather conditions with the next backup date set for tomorrow.

The rocket payload is the Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier that contains a number of engineering development projects and experiments from West Virginia University under a NASA undergraduate program.

It will be carried up into orbit by Terrier Improved Malemute sounding rocket.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says preliminary indications show that a modified motor performed as planned during a test flight.

The space agency launched a NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to test the modified Black Brant motor. A launch vehicle, spacecraft systems and sub-payload technologies also were tested.

NASA says in a news release that the technology experiments are undergoing a preliminary data analysis.

The Wallops Flight facility has cancelled the launch of a sounding rocket today.

But it has rescheduled it for tomorrow.

The recent stormy weather from Hurricane Joaquin forced the NASA facility to delay the launch.

The suborbital Black Brant IX sounding rocket will take off between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. tomorrow night.

And it should be visible to residents in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the launch will be testing the Black Brant motor in a two stage rocket.

NASA has put off the launch of a sounding rocket at Wallops Flight Facility from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The facilities officials blamed the delay on the recent storm that swept through the area from Hurricane Joaquin.

The mission is aimed at testing new equipment that would make the missions less risky and cheaper.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the flight was to test the Black Branch motor with two stages.

In addition, the paper says the mission will be testing a new fabricating method for the payload.

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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.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility is holding an open house for the public to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The event will be held on Saturday. Wallops launched its first rocket on June 27, 1945.

Wallops director Bill Wrobel says in a news release that the facility wants to give the public a first-hand look at its diverse missions.

The scientific balloon lab and the sounding rocket payload facility are among the facilities that will be open.


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A rocket carrying student experiments is scheduled to be launched this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

NASA says the experiments were developed by undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado, Northwest Nazarene University, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Nebraska.

The NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched on Friday between 6:45 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA says the incorrect installation of equipment caused the launch of a sounding rocket on Virginia's Eastern Shore to end prematurely.
The agency said Monday that an investigation shows the failure of the July 2014 launch was linked to the installation process for the second stage igniter.
The Terrier-Improved Malemute ended its flight about 19 seconds after it was launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility when a flight anomaly was detected.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - A problem in the payload has delayed the test flight of a suborbital sound rocking from NASA's Wallops Island Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The space agency says the problem would have interfered with transmission of data during the flight.

The launch was scheduled for Thursday morning. NASA says a new launch date hasn't been determined.

The three-stage vehicle's flight is meant to support high-altitude space science research.