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RockSat-X mission launches from Wallops Flight Facility

NASA Malemute Sounding Rocket lifts off from Wallops Flight Facility Virginia with Rocksat-X mission on Saturday, April 18, 2015 photo credit Mark Usciak SpaceFlight Insider

Several undergraduate payloads were launched this morning from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virgina on the Rocksat-X mission. Photo redit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

The RockSat-X payload was launched into sub-orbit atop a NASA Malemute sounding rocket from the space agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7:01 a.m. EDT (11:01 GMT). The sounding rocket lifted off from the Virginia marshlands with a payload of some six experiments from university students and were recovered shortly after the conclusion of the flight.

The rocket carried a number of experiments designed and developed by undergraduate students from the Universities of Colorado, Northwest Nazarene, Puerto Rico, Nebraska, and Virginia Tech.

If everything continues to go as planned, the next flight to take place from Wallops will be a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket. That flight is currently slated to take place no earlier than June 25.


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Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

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