WALLOPS ISLAND -- If you're awake between 4 and 5 a.m. on Saturday, and the skies are clear, you may be able to watch the launch of a research rocket which NASA plans to launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
According to a news release from NASA, the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket will be testing several new suborbital rocket technologies including 'a deployment system for forming vapor clouds used to track the winds in space for studies of the ionosphere; a miniature deployment actuator for small spacecraft called cubesats; a low-cost attitude solution system; and improvements in telemetry and flight recorders to increase the rates for data collected and transferred during flight.'
NASA says residents throughout the mid-Atlantic region may be able to see the clouds generated during the experiments. A NASA-supplied map shows that the rocket launch itself should be visible to people in the ABC13 viewing area within 120 seconds of liftoff.
The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will be open at 3:30 a.m. for viewing the launch.
If bad weather makes NASA decide to scrub the launch, the backup launch days are June 29 through July 2.
Live coverage of the launch will be available via UStream beginning at 3:30 a.m. on launch day at:
Launch status can be followed on launch day on Twitter at: http://www.Twitter.com/NASA_Wallops
and Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NASAWFF
Launch status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.
Android users can download the 'What's Up at Wallops' app, which contains information on the launch as well as a compass showing the precise direction for launch viewing. The app is available for download at: http://go.nasa.gov/17veCYT
Additional information on using vapor tracers in space research is available at: