sounding rocket


Definition of sounding rocket

: a rocket used especially to obtain information concerning atmospheric conditions at various altitudes

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There have been times when upwards of 30 suborbital sounding rockets have launched from the same site within the same day, says McDowell. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry," 18 Dec. 2018 The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) launched atop a sounding rocket Saturday (March 31) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 12:19 p.m. EDT (1619 GMT). Mike Wall,, "NASA Rocket Launches Supersonic Mars Parachute in Key Test," 1 Apr. 2018 The new program will not eliminate DOD flight tests, but the simple, two-stage sounding rockets built from surplus inventory motors should cost considerably less than military tests, which can cost tens of millions of dollars to fly. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX nabs another contract, Vector cashes in, Vulcan delay," 26 Oct. 2018 The sounding rocket, a 58-foot-tall Terrier-Black Brant IX, will carry the parachute up to a height of 32 miles (50 kilometers). Meghan Bartels,, "NASA Will Launch 2 Rockets to Test a Mars Parachute and Track 'Nanoflares'," 6 Sep. 2018 Back in 1988, bull sperm was put into sounding rockets and blasted into the air to see how the sperm would react in microgravity. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Scientists Are Studying How Sperm Functions in Space," 17 July 2018 Of course, the trade-off is that sounding rockets have a brief mission life. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere," 12 Apr. 2018 Traveling at a moment’s notice is a sounding rocket badge of honor. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere," 12 Apr. 2018 The space agency will launch a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Delmarva Peninsula that will deploy colorful vapor tracers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NASA Launch Will Dot the Sky With Colorful Clouds," 29 June 2017

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circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

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