NASA successfully launched a Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket carrying student experiments at 6 a.m. EDT, Thursday, from Wallops Flight Facility, Va.
More than 200 middle school and university students and instructors participating in “Rocket Week” at Wallops.
The launch was part of the RockOn and RockSat-C programs designed to teach students skills required to develop experiments for suborbital rocket flight. In addition, middle school educators through the Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers are learning about applying rocketry basics in their curriculum.
The payload flew to an altitude of 71.4 miles and descended by parachute into the Atlantic
Ocean off the coast of Wallops where it was recovered and returned.