Boston (District of Columbia)-NASA hopes to finally launch the KiNET-X sounding rocket from the Wallops flight facility in Virginia at 8:05 pm on Tuesday night.
Due to “the upper wind is not within the safe launch range”, the launch on Sunday and Monday was postponed. The initial launch was scheduled to take place last Friday, but due to the weather, it was removed every night.
The purpose of this task is to study how energy and momentum are transferred between magnetically connected spatial regions.
The launch of tonight’s Black Brandt XII sounding rocket carrying KiNET-X payload has been postponed to no earlier than 8:05 pm on Tuesday, May 11, because the high-altitude wind speed is not within the required limit. Therefore, the launch safety start was postponed.
-May 11, 2021, NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops)
This research will help scientists better understand things like aurora, how they form and how they move in different places.
To study this, the rocket will release barium vapor in about 9-10 minutes in flight, which is located at an altitude of more than 200 miles north of Bermuda. Don’t worry, this vapor is not harmful to the environment or the public. In fact, the human eye can’t even see it. But before the vapour is released on Monday night, some people on the east coast will be able to see the trailing rocket.
Through partial cleanup, parts of Massachusetts may have a chance to see the rocket within 30 to 60 seconds after launch.
If the weather is interrupted and the launch is cancelled again, there will still be several windows available until May 16. Any news will know you!