sounding rocket


Definition of sounding rocket

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

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Sandia National Laboratories launched two sounding rockets from Hawaii last week, the fourth and fifth such launches, respectively, of the HOT SHOT program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Cause of Vega failure found, China seeks rocket customers," 6 Sep. 2019 The answer lay in its UV spectrum, which is difficult to capture from a sounding rocket. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could humanity’s return to the moon spark a new age of lunar telescopes?," 18 July 2019 Exos Aerospace performed a test launch of a reusable suborbital sounding rocket from New Mexico on Saturday, SpaceNews reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Exos flies, China sets launch record, new Falcon Heavy data," 31 Aug. 2018 The program was created to launch inexpensive sounding rockets carrying scientific experiments and prototypes of missile technology. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX nabs another contract, Vector cashes in, Vulcan delay," 26 Oct. 2018 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

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circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

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