University Rocket Launch At Wallops Postponed To Saturday

A Terrier-Improved Malemute leaves the launch pad carrying the RockSat-X III at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Aug. 13, 2013. Image Credit: NASA/John Grant

A Terrier-Improved Malemute leaves the launch pad carrying the RockSat-X III at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Aug. 13, 2013. Image Credit: NASA/John Grant

March 26, 2015 – The launch of the RockSat-X payload on a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket from Wallops has been postponed to Saturday, March 28 because of unacceptable weather conditions at the launch site and the payload recovery area off the Wallops Island Coast. The launch is still scheduled for 6:45 a.m. EDT with a window that runs to 10:00 a.m.

The launch, originally scheduled for March 27, will fly six undergraduate university experiments developed through the RockSat-X program, a collaboration with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 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.

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.

RockSat-X is the third tier in a multi-phase NASA program for providing flight experiences for community college and university students to improve their skills in developing experiments and payloads for spaceflight.

Tier One, called Rock-On, introduces students and instructors to payload development; Tier Two, RockSat-C, then allows them to build on this learning experience developing an experiment for flight.