Our first launch of the year! The Wallops sounding rocket team launched the Diffuse X-rays from the Local galaxy mission on a Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 7:17 a.m. EST, Jan. 19, from Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska. We have 28 sounding rocket launches planned for 2018!
A two-stage Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled for launch Jan. 8, 2022, carrying the Diffuse X-rays from the Local galaxy, or DXL, an experiment to study the source of where soft X-rays that impact Earth’s atmosphere come from within our galaxy. The launch window opens 11 p.m.-3a.m. EST. Backup launch days run through Jan. 17 with the same launch window. The live stream will begin 20 minutes before the planned launch time.