When did the first flight take place? On Wikipedia it was credited as the maiden flight of the Mk.III version
The Spatial Heterodyne Interferometric Emission Line Dynamics Spectrometer (SHIELDS) mission was successfully launched at 4:30 a.m. EDT April 19 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The NASA black Brant IX sounding rocket carried the payload to an apogee of 177 miles before descending by parachute and landing at White Sands. Preliminary indications show that vehicle systems performed as planned and data was received.
Personal curiosity: what does the alphanumeric code associated to this kind of launches (e.g. 36.324 US in this case) refer to? Serial of the rocket, payload or launch per se?
Quote from: Fmedici on 04/20/2021 07:28 amPersonal curiosity: what does the alphanumeric code associated to this kind of launches (e.g. 36.324 US in this case) refer to? Serial of the rocket, payload or launch per se?The first two digits is the rocket type and the last three digits is the launch number for that rocket. The first letter refers to the agency and the second letter the mission type. See pages 33-35 of the Sounding Rocket Handbook.https://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code810/files/SRHB.pdf
After inspecting the launcher and replacing the rocket's third stage motor, we're back counting down to launch the Black Brant XII with the KiNET-X payload. Weather is looking great here at Wallops, but Bermuda is currently seeing cloudy skies.