Suborbital Payload Launch

Sounding Rockets


2017 – Sounding Rockets

NASA’s Sounding Rockets Program Office (SRPO) uses sounding rockets as training tools for engineers and scientists, as well as for educating future engineers and scientists. The program provides... NASA’s Sounding…

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2016 – Sounding Rockets

Government sounding rocket programs, such as NASA’s Sounding Rockets Program Office (SRPO), use sounding rockets as training tools for future engineers and scientists. More launch opportunities... Government sounding rocket programs,…

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2015 – Sounding Rockets

NASA’s Sounding Rockets Program Office (SRPO) launches sounding rockets from locations such as Andøya, Norway; Esrange, Sweden; Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; Poker Flats, Alaska; White Sands, New Mexico; and Wallops…

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2010 – Sounding Rockets

The category of uncrewed suborbital rockets is dominated by expendable sounding rockets. Suborbital sounding rockets are often a first step for a burgeoning space program. Payloads are almost exclusively scientific…

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2009 – Sounding Rockets

NASA and other civil space agencies use sounding rockets extensively to launch payloads briefly above the upper atmosphere for astronomy, atmospheric science, and microgravity science applications. NASA operates these programs…

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2008 – Sounding Rockets

The primary advantages of sounding rockets are their low cost, comparative ease of transport, ability to be launched from locations on land or sea, and relatively short turnaround times between…

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Sounding Rockets

Uncrewed suborbital vehicles, also called sounding rockets, come in diverse sizes and capabilities. They range from relatively small single-stage vehicles that carry payloads of a few dozen kilograms to altitudes…

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