Re: Wallops Island Launch

From: Skywayinc--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 18:24:05 -0400
In a message dated 5/28/2017 6:10:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
seesat-l_at_satobs.org writes:

I was looking at the NASA launch schedule  
(https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/) and noticed there is a dawn/pre-dawn  sounding rocket launch next 
week. The entry says:

"Date: May 31,  2017


Launch Window: 4:25 a.m. -- 4:42 a.m.  Eastern


Mission: Sounding Rocket Launch

Description: NASA  tests a new system that supports science studies of the 
ionosphere and aurora  with the launch of a two-stage Terrier-Improved 
Malemute sounding rocket from  Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of 
Virginia."

If this launch  takes place when the ground is dark, but the rocket's 
exhaust is illuminated by  the sun, it might be visible over a wide  area.
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Brian (and  everyone else on SeeSat-L):

Doing a little digging and found this:   

Wallops Island Rocket Launches
Upcoming Launches
Ampoule Test
May  31 - June 6, 2017
4:25 - 4:42 a.m. EDT
suborbital Terrier-Improved  Malemute
upcoming

During the flight of a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket, 
 ten canisters about the size of a one-liter drink bottle will be deployed 
to 6  to 12 miles from the 670-pound main payload. Between approximately 4 
and 5.5  minutes after launch, blue-green and red vapor will be deployed from 
the  canisters forming artificial clouds. These clouds or vapor tracers 
allow  scientists on the ground to visually track the winds in space. The 
development  of the canister or ampoule ejection system will allow scientists to 
gather  information over a much larger or spatial area than previously 
allowed when  deploying the vapor just from the main payload.

More details at:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nasa-sounding-rocket-will-release-ea
rly-morning-artificial-clouds-lighting-up-the-mid-atlantic-coast-may-31-3004
63313.html

--  joe rao
 
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