NASA slates Wallops sounding rocket launch for early October, should be visible locally

(Delmarvanow.com) -- NASA is planning to launch a 58-foot rocket from its Wallops site on Tuesday morning, Oct. 3.

The launch will give it a chance to test a payload designed to test parachute systems in a low-density, supersonic environment, said Keith Koehler of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in a news release.

The rocket launch is expected to be visible in the local area, and the visitor center at Wallops will open at 6 a.m. on launch day so people can view the flight, Koehler said.

Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m. on the Wallops Ustream site, and there will be launch updates on the Wallops Facebook and Twitter sites, Koehler said.

The launch window will run until 10:15 a.m. Backup launch days are Oct. 4-14.

The parachute test payload, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, is called the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment. It will be launched on a Terrier-Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket. 

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