Rocket Launch Scheduled Sept. 11 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

The sixth RockSat-X education payload successfully launched on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket at 7:33:30 a.m. on August 17. Participants included students from University of Puerto Rico, Northwest Nazarene University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Colorado at Boulder, Capitol Technology University, University of Hawaii Community College, Virginia Tech University, and Carthage College. After scrubbing the first launch attempt, the payload carrying the experiments flew to an altitude of 95 miles on the second attempt. Data was received from most of the student experiments, however, the payload was not recovered as planned. The RockSat-X mission series provides expanded fllight opportunities beyond the RockOn series. The mission provides student experimenters the opportunity to fly a payload of their choosing and to be exposed to the space environment.


A two-stage suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled for launch Sept. 11, 2021, for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration from NASA’s launch range at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

A Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launches from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
Credits: NASA Wallops/Terry Zaperach

The launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket is scheduled between 4-7 p.m. EDT on Sept. 11. The backup launch date is Sept. 12.


The flight is part of the HOT Shot program, short for High Operational Tempo, which collects scientific data that benefits aerospace research and informs future weapon designs for the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Its non-nuclear scientific experiments evaluate prototypes and help develop high-fidelity computer models and mechanical flight simulators.


Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 3:40 p.m. EDT on the Wallops YouTube channel. Launch updates will be available on the Wallops Facebook and Twitter pages.


The rocket launch is expected to be visible from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland and southern Delaware. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for viewing the launch.

Source: NASA


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