Results 1 to 1 of 1
Thread: Daytime Dynamo Rocket Launch
07-05-2013, 08:30 AM #1
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
Daytime Dynamo Rocket Launch
Two suborbital rockets were successfully launched 15 seconds apart on the morning of July 4, 2013, from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility as part of a study of electrical currents in the ionosphere. The project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.
The launch of the Black Brant V rocket at 10:31:25 a.m. and the Terrier-Improved Orion at 10:31:40 a.m. were part of the Daytime Dynamo experiment, a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.
The first rocket carried a payload that collected data on the neutral and charged particles in the ionosphere. The second rocket released a long trail of lithium gas to track how the upper atmospheric wind varies with altitude. These winds are believed to be the drivers of the dynamo currents.
> About the NASA sounding rocket program
Image Credit: NASA/J. Eggers