October 18, 2017

Video: Catch a Spectacular Launch From Wallops

A rocket at the ready. (NASA/Wallops).

Live on the mid-U.S. Eastern Seaboard? Wanna see a rocket launch? We’ve go one for you, coming live from NASA’s Wallops flight facility tonight. We’ve actually been chasing this one for about a week now and conditions need to be just right for it to happen. We’re talking about a sub-orbital flight of a Terrier-improved Malamute rocket. The mission is a short up and down flight, meant to test new ampoule dispensers aboard. This will shoot out chemical tracers high in the Earth’s tenuous upper atmosphere, creating a brief false aurora for researchers to track the movements of air currents high up. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Catch a Brilliant Night Launch From Wallops!

Launch! A Minotaur 1 rocket lights up the sky over Wallops.

A Minotaur 1 rocket is about to light up the night sky tonight, and millions of viewers up and down the U.S. Eastern Seaboard will get to watch the show.

The launch is set to occur at 7:30 PM EST/00:30 UT from Wallops Island, Virginia on the night of Tuesday, November 19th. Known as the ORS-3 or Operationally Responsive Space mission, the launch will deliver the Space Test Program STPSat-3 and 28 (!) CubeSats into a 40.5 degree inclination 500 kilometre altitude low Earth orbit. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Catch the Launch of LADEE!

LADEE at Wallops, ready to go! (Credit: NASA EDGE/Franklin Fitzgerald)

On Friday night at just before midnight, history will be made as NASA returns to the Moon with the launch of LADEE, its Lunar Atmosphere & Dust Environment Explorer. Liftoff is set to occur at 11:27PM Eastern Time/ 3:27 Universal Time on September 7th. LADEE will light up the night sky atop a Minotaur V rocket as it launches out of Wallops Island Virginia. The launch will be visible for millions of U.S East Coast residents as LADEE streaks out across the Atlantic to cross into sunrise over central Africa. [Read more...]