Sounding rocket launched from Wallops Island

The launch of a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia occurred at 7:07 p.m. The primary purpose of the flight was to test the performance of the second-stage Black Brant motor. Preliminary indications are that the motor performed as planned. Preliminary data analysis of the technology experiments on the payload is in progress.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WAVY) – A rocket blasted off from Wallops Island Wednesday night.

NASA launched the Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket to test a Black Brant motor, launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and sub-payload ejection technologies.

The successful launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia took place at 7:07 p.m. The rocket traveled to a height of 160 miles then impacted in the Atlantic Ocean, NASA officials said.

The next launch currently scheduled from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket in November.

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