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Sounding Rocket Launch Locations

For over 40 years the Sounding Rocket Program has provided critical scientific, technical, and educational contributions to the nation’s space program and is one of the most robust, versatile, and cost-effective flight programs at NASA.

A landscape photo of a coastline in Norway, taken from the top of a mountain. Along the right side of the image is a jagged mountain leading down to a small cluster of buildings.

Launch Locations

Sounding rockets are launched worldwide from both permanent and remote launch ranges. Wallops supports remote launch locations with mobile range assets to be able to support missions wherever the science is needed.

A sounding rocket seconds in mid-launch off the launch pad with a bright white plume underneath.

Wallops Range, Virginia

A fisheye, long-exposure photo of a sounding rocket, represented by a white streak, launching into an aurora.

Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska

A small rocket launching with a plume of white smoke underneath against a blue sky.

White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

A sounding rocket launching with a plume smoke underneath against a snowy mountainside.

Andøya Space Center, Norway and Svalbard

A grey launcher structure sites on a concrete pad.

Arnhem Space Centre, Australia

A long-exposure photo of a sounding rocket represented by a white streak, taken during the night with the landscape of green grass and palm trees lit up.

Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands