NASA Set To Launch Sounding Rocket Which Releases Artificial Clouds:- A sounding rocket is set to be launched by the US Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which will release artificial clouds in blue-green and red colors.
To support space studies, the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket testing a new deployment system was originally scheduled for May 31, but due to poor weather conditions, it was delayed.
The US Space Agency said, the launch window from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is 4:26 – 4:41 a.m. EDT ( 1:56-2.11 p.m India time), on Saturday.
NASA said, “To view blue-green and red artificial clouds, clear skies are required at one of the ground stations. These artificial clouds that may be seen from New York to North Carolina, will be produced as part of the test.”
The rocket will eject 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can, between 10 to 20 km from the rocket’s main payload, and these containers will release the vapor between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch.
Scientists can gather information over a much larger area with the development of the multi-canister or ampule ejection system, than previously allowed, when deploying the vapor just from the main payload.
At Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina, to view the vapor tracers, the ground cameras will be stationed.
NASA said, “Through the interaction of barium, strontium and cupric-oxide, the vapor tracers are formed. At altitudes 96 to 124 miles high, the tracers will be released, and pose absolutely no risk to residents along the mid-Atlantic coast.”
The sounding rockets derives its name from the nautical term “to sound”, which means to take measurements. However, the flight of a sounding rocket is short-lived and has a parabolic trajectory in the shape of a frown.
For the current mission, the total flight time, is expected to be about eight minutes. From Wallops Island, the payload will land in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles from the island, and will not be recovered.