Flown Missions

  • CIBER Black Brant XII launch

    Black Brant XII Sounding Rocket Launched From Wallops

    A Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket carrying the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) was successfully launched at 11:05 p.m., June 5 from Wallops.

  • A NASA Terrier Improved Orion leaves the launch pad on roi Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands on May 9.

    Marshall Islands Campaign Completed

    The launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket on May 9 brought to an end a very successful campaign studying ionospheric activity and its impact on radio, communication and navigation signals.

  • A NASA Terrier Improved Orion sounding rocket leaves the launch pad.

    Second and Third Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands

    The Equatorial Vortex Experiment was successfully conducted on May 7 from the Marshall Islands when a NASA Terrier-Oriole sounding rocket was launched followed by the launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket 90 seconds later.

  • MOSC released a Samarium vapor creating a red cloud of charged particles in the ionosphere.

    First of Four Sounding Rockets Launched from the Marshall Islands

    A NASA sounding rocket supporting a study of ionosphere and its impact on radio transmissions was launched at 3:38 a.m. EDT, May 1 from Roi-Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

  • Checking out the new FORTIS telescope

    Successful Launch of FORTIS on May 11

    NASA successfully launched the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-Circle for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) experiment at 1 a.m. EDT, May 11, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

  • The EVEX (Equatorial Vortex Experiment) team readies the launcher.

    NASA Mission to Study What Disrupts Radio Waves

    A NASA-funded sounding rocket mission will launch this spring to observe the formation of electrical storms in Earth's upper atmosphere that can negatively affect satellite communication and global positioning signals.

  • The EUNIS team stands in front of the sounding rocket before its second launch on Nov. 6, 2007.

    EUNIS: Six Minutes in the Life of the Sun

    The EUNIS experiment was successfully launched at 1:30 pm EDT on April 23, 2013 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Preliminary data shows that the experiment performed as planned.

  • University of Colorado science team work on the SLICE instrument during integration testing at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

    Experiment Examining a SLICE of the Interstellar Medium

    SLICE will study the space between the stars known as interstellar space.

  • U of Miami's Diffuse X-Ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL) logo.

    DXL Mission Successfully Launches

    NASA has launched an astrophysics mission to study the Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL).

  • M101 galaxy as seen by Hubble

    IMAGER Launch Successful

    The NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying the IMAGER payload was successfully launched Nov. 21, 2012.

  • Image of FOXSI's optics

    A Next-Generation X-Ray Telescope Launches

    On November 2, a NASA mission called FOXSI was launched from White Sands, New Mexico to study nanoflares on the sun.

  • Talos Terrier Oriole launch

    Talos Terrier Oriole

    NASA successfully tested a new suborbital sounding rocket Sept. 22 from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • Launch of RockSat-X

    RockSat-X

    NASA successfully launched four university experiments on September 22 on a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • Partial interior assembly of Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) sounding rocket

    Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS)

    The Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) sounding rocket launched successfully on July 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm EDT from White Sands Missile Range, NM.

  • The Black Brant rocket carrying the IRVE-3 experiment launched successfully.

    IRVE-3

    On July 23, 2012 NASA launched an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield technology demonstrator on a Black Brant XI sounding rocket, third in a series, from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • HI C sounding rocket launch in July 2012

    HI-C

    On July 11, 2012, scientists launched into space the highest resolution solar telescope ever to observe the solar corona, the million degree outer solar atmosphere. The instrument, called HI-C for High Resolution Coronal Imager, flew aboard a Black Brant sounding rocket which was launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

  • The first atrex rocket blasts off in a cloud of fire and debris

    Atrex

    The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) is a Heliophysics sounding rocket mission that will gather information needed to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth.

  • CIBER sounding rocket mission

    CIBER  →

    UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on March 22, 2012. The purpose of Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER) is to investigate the spectral and spatial properties of the extragalactic near-infrared background,and will require acquisition of multiple targets with minimal contamination from terrestrial sources of infrared emission. Dr. Jamie Bock/California Institute of Technology is the principal investigator.

  • Powell sounding rocket mission

    MICA  →

    UE Terrier-Black Brant was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Fairbanks, AK on February 19, 2012. The Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Alfvén resonator (MICA) sounding rocket measured ion temperature and density, electron temperature and density, electron precipitation, ion upflow, convection and ULF electric fields, magnetic fields from which field-aligned current (FAC) can be inferred, and plasma waves.

  • Terrier rocket

    Terrier Improved Test Flight  →

    GT Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Island, VA on January 11, 2012. This mission will provide the second test flight of the Terrier Improved Malemute vehicle configuration. The primary objective is to characterize the performance of this vehicle configuration, to determine the suitability of the Improved Malemute to be used in the Sounding Rocket Program.

  • Terrier Black Brant rocket launch from White Sands on Dec. 10, 2011

    Vela and Puppis Supernova Remnants  →

    UH Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on December 10, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to obtain a high resolution x-ray spectra of the Vela and Puppis supernova remnants.

  • McCammon sounding rocket mission

    Measuring Diffuse X-Ray Emission  →

    UH Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range on November 6, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to measure the spectrum of the diffuse X-ray emission from the interstellar medium over the energy range 0.07 to 1 keV. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Dan McCammon/University of Wisconsin.

  • Robertson sounding rocket mission

    CHAMPS  →

    UE Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Andenes, Norway on October 13, 2011. The purpose of the CHAMPS missions is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, and size distribution of the aerosol particles (meteor dust) that are the nucleation sites for the icy particles that create noctilucent clouds and polar summer mesospheric radar echoes.

  • Robertson sounding rocket mission

    Measuring MSP's  →

    UE Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Andenes, Norway on October 11, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to provide in situ measurements of the number, density, charge, and mass distribution of meteoritic smoke particles (MSPs) as a function of altitude.

  • Chakrabarti sounding rocket mission

    PICTURE  →

    UG Terrier-Black Brant was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on October 8, 2011. The mission contains a newly designed and fabricated payload. The Planet Imaging Concept Test bed Using a Rocket Experiment (PICTURE) will mature the technology needed to obtain the first direct image of a Jupiter-like planet around a Sun-like star. PICTURE will observe the debris disk around Epsilon Eridani (ε Eri b).

  • Flight to test out new Terrier motor

    MK Terrier 12 Motor Mods  →

    GT Terrier Mk12 was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 8, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to verify the design modifications made to the MK12 Terrier motor to compensate for grain shrinkage issues that occur due to aging.

  • Rocksat X launch

    RockSat-X Development Launch  →

    UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 21, 2011. The primary objective of this mission is to develop and launch the first RockSat-X, which will provide expanded opportunities for RockOn participant and other schools with experiment bays exposed to the space environment. The secondary objective is to provide a flight demonstration of a floatation aid technology option for the Sounding Rocket Program.

  • Daytime Dynamo launch

    Daytime Dynamo Launch  →

    UE Black Brant and Terrier-Improved Orion were launched from Wallops Island, VA on July 10, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to explore, for the first time, the ion-neutral coupling, wind shears, and electrodynamics of the mid-latitude lower ionosphere during the daytime. In particular, it will determine the cause of intense daytime irregularities that are consistently observed in the mid-latitude, ionosphere during the summer.

  • Rock On 2011 launch

    RockOn Launch  →

    UO Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 23, 2011.The primary objective of the RockSat/RockOn mission is to provide university undergraduate level students and instructors with a space flight opportunity that involves minimal cost, minimal time investment, minimal complexity, and minimal impact on the NASA Sounding Rocket Program (NSRP).

  • SMART payload launch

    SMART Launch  →

    GT Terrier-Improved Orions was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 10 2011.The primary objective of this mission is to flight test SMART payload technologies designed and built by GSFC for the ORS program. The secondary objectives are to provide a flight demonstration of the GSFC/Space Cube flight processor and to provide a test flight opportunity for NSROC components.

  • Poker Flats launch image. Credit: Merrick Peirce

    Black Brant Motor Test  →

    GT Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, AK on April 27, 2011.The primary objective of this mission is to conduct a test flight of a recently manufactured Black Brant motor that was cast using a new mixing process.

  • SDO EVE Calibration Sounding Rocket Launch - Aft Camera

    Second Underflight Calibration for EVE  →

    Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on March 23, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to provide the second underflight calibration for the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) aboard the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite.

  • Feb. 5, 2011 Poker Flats launch

    Nitric Oxide Test for Polar Regions  →

    UE Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on Feburay 5, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to measure the concentration of nitric oxide in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere in the nighttime polar region.

  • Jan. 28 Poker Flats launch

    FIRE  →

    UG Black Brant IX was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on January 28, 2011. The purpose of this mission is to search for young stars in nearby galaxies. FIRE imaged a spectral region unexplored astronomically. The imaging band of FIRE(~900‐1100 Å) will help fill the current wavelength imaging observation hole existing from~620 Å to the GALEX band near 1350 Å.

  • Andoya Rocket Range, Norway launch on Dec. 12, 2010

    RENU  →

    UE Black Brant XII was launched from Andoya Rocket Range, Norway on December 12, 2010. The purpose of the Rocket Experiment for Neutral Upwelling (RENU) mission is to investigate netural upwelling in the cusp.

  • Dec. 6, 2010 White Sands launch

    TRN Technology  →

    NT Terrier-Orion was launched from White Sands, NM on December 6, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to advance Terrain-Relative Navigation (TRN) technology by collecting a set of correlated ground imagery, inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), and Global Position System (GPS) data during a sounding rocket flight and performing postflight data analysis.

  • Wallops Island, VA launch on Sept. 21, 2010

    SubTEC III  →

    NP Terrier-Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on September 21, 2010. The mission, Suborbital Technology Experiment Carrier (SubTEC) III, was designed to demonstrate multiple technologies, improve sounding rocket capabilities, and support range development initiatives.

  • RAISE launch

    RAISE  →

    US Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on August 23, 2010.The purpose of this mission is to observe and analyze dynamics and heating of the solar chromosphere and corona.

  • Nihka launch

    Nihka Motor Demo  →

    GT Black Brant X was launched from Wallops Island, VA on August 4, 2010. This flight was a demonstration of the new production Nihka motor and ignition system in a dynamic environment representative of a nominal altitude.

  • Sumi launch

    SUMI  →

    The primary objective of the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation (SUMI) experiment is to test the technologies that have been developed for making magnetic field measurements in the upper chromosphere/lower transition region.

  • CIBER launch

    CIBER  →

    UG was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on July 11, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to conduct a pioneering search for IRB anisotropies and is specifically designed to measure fluctuations at wavelengths and spatial scales where a putative first-light galaxy signal can be best detected and discriminated from foregrounds. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jamie Bock, California Institute of Technology.

  • Rock On 2010 launch

    Rock On 2010  →

    UO Terrier-Orion was launched from Wallops Island, VA on June 24, 2010. This mission was the third flight of the hands-on, university level rocket flight workshop known as “RockOn” which is the collaborative efforts of Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC), the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), and Wallops Flight Facility.

  • DICE launch

    DICE  →

    UG Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 21, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to sample the interface at the local cavity wall and determine whether the gas at the interface is flowing into the cavity or away from it.

  • EVE launch

    EVE Calibration  →

    UE Black Brant IX was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM on May 3, 2010. The purpose of this mission is to provide a calibration underflight for the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite.

  • ADAMAsat launch

    Improved Malemute Vehicle Test  →

    GT Terrier-Improved Malemute was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on March 27, 2010. The purpose of this mission was to test flight the Improved Malemute vehicle.

  • CHARM launch

    CHARM  →

    UE Black Brant XII was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 15, 2010. The CHARM II mission answers severaloutstanding questions about the physics of high frequency waves in the Earth’s aurora, and directly tests theoretical predictions of wave growth, electron bunching, and resulting wave evolution.

  • Launch to measure wind gradient

    Wind Gradient Study  →

    UE Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska on February 9, 2010.The purpose of this mission is to develop a new technique for measuring wide spread wind gradients.

  • HAROH launch

    HAROH  →

    UE Terrier-Improved Orion was launched from White Sands Missile Range on December 17, 2009. HAROH will collect radiated emissions from the Hydroxyl (OH) in the Meinel Airglow region from 50-90 km altitudes.

  • Mesquito launch

    Mesquito  →

    A M26/MLRS vehicle was launched from Wallops Flight Facility, VA on December 16, 2009. This was the third test flight of the Mesquito. The purpose of this mission was to further evaluate the performance of this new vehicle system.

  • CyXESS launch

    CyXESS  →

    A Black Brant IX sounding rocket was launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM, on November 13, 2009. The scientific goal of this mission is to obtain x-ray spectral diagnostics of a nearby extended supernova remnant, the Cygnus Loop.