Suborbital sounding rocket launches from Wallops Island

Posted at 10:59 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 10:59:12-05

Wallops Island, Va. - A suborbital sounding rocket successfully launched Monday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

The rocket is carrying three new technologies into suborbital space.

The technologies flying on the Terrier-Improved Orion rocket are the Radiation Tolerant Computer System (RadPC) from Montana State University, Bozeman; the Vibration Isolation Platform (VIP) from Controlled Dynamics, Huntington Beach, California; and Sub-Orbital Aerodynamic Re-entry Experiments-9 (SOAREX-9) from NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is sponsoring the technologies flown on this flight.

The 448-pound two-stage rocket is predicted to reach 100-miles altitude and impact in the Atlantic Ocean 56 miles from Wallops Island 19 minutes after launch.  Parachute recovery of the payload is planned.