NASA Postpones Launch For University Developed Experiments

March 30, 2015 – The RockSatX launch that was scheduled for this past weekend at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility was postponed due to high seas, which would have prevented recovery of the RockSat-X payload.

Poor weather prevented a March 27 launch and high seas prevented an attempt March 28. The team decided not to attempt a launch on the two remaining dates, March 29 and 30, due to continued high seas.

When launched, the experiments will examine technology development, microgravity science and the search for life in the upper atmosphere and near space during the suborbital mission, which will reach an altitude of nearly 94 nautical miles.

The experiments, which will fly aboard a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket, were developed through the RockSat-X program, a collaboration with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Participating universities in this flight are the University of Colorado, Boulder; Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho; the University of Puerto Rico; the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg.

For now, the team has returned to the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be preparing for a new launch opportunity. A new launch date has not yet been established.