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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2100 on: 03/22/2022 06:04 am »
There was a Black Brant-IX launch on March 9, which I believe has not been mentioned so far.

NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket, carrying the Herschel 2 payload, from its base in White Sands, NM at 11:25 MST local time (18:25 GMT).

Launch had been delayed from March 7, due to high winds.

This investigation (NASA 36.307 DS) was named after John Herschel, whose observation of Halley’s Comet's tail led him to hypothesize the presence of a ‘repulsive force’ known today as the solar wind. The HElium Resonance Scatter in the Corona and HELiosphere (HERSCHEL) program was a multi-year effort to design, fabricate, test, launch and analyze data from novel instrumentation on a suborbital rocket. The scientific objectives of the HERSCHEL II mission were to: 1) Investigate the origin of the slow solar wind; 2) Investigate the variation of helium abundance in the coronal structures (a) departures from primordial composition (b) fractionation region for helium in the solar atmosphere; 3) Facilitate future investigation of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), kinematics, and solar cycle evolution of the electron, proton, and helium corona.

The rocket reached an apogee of 302 km, before descending via parachute. All subsystems performed normally and data was successfully transmitted to the ground.
The principal investigator was Dr. Tun /Naval Research Laboratory.

See: https://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code810/news/story180%20HERSCHEL.html

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2101 on: 03/22/2022 10:40 am »
A two-stage suborbital sounding rocket was launched at 7:12 p.m. EDT, March 21, for a mission managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, from NASA’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket was for the BOundary Layer Turbulence 2, or BOLT-2, BOLT-2 mission, investigating boundary layer transition, turbulent heating, and drag at hypersonic conditions. Boundary layer transition to turbulence is the process where smooth, laminar flow becomes unstable after which turbulence dominates and significantly increases heating and drag on high-speed vehicles.

The next launch from Wallops is a two-stage Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket carrying the RockOn/RockSat-C educational payload. The launch is targeted for early morning June 23.

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/wallops/2022/suborbital-rocket-launched-from-nasa-wallops

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2102 on: 03/23/2022 12:01 am »
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2103 on: 03/24/2022 12:23 am »
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2105 on: 04/20/2022 07:12 pm »
Successful RS-28 launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Claimed launch time is 15:12.

https://inews.co.uk/news/russia-claims-successful-launch-of-satan-ii-nuclear-missile-that-can-strike-from-11000-miles-1585436

I found an article with a launch video from Twitter but there was no indication if it was from this launch so have not included it.
« Last Edit: 04/20/2022 07:17 pm by Star One »

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2106 on: 04/21/2022 05:15 am »
Attached is video of the launch.
Source: the VK page of the Ministry Defense of Russia.
https://vk.com/mil?z=video-133441491_456256307%2F9045b5b99041acdba7%2Fpl_wall_-133441491

They later posted a second (better) video on the same site, but the video is over 100 MB, so too big to attach.
It can be found here: https://vk.com/video-133441491_456256343?list=61841cf9111aaf32db

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2107 on: 04/29/2022 01:08 pm »
NASA Team Unpacks Super Pressure Balloon in New Zealand

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NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program is back in Wanaka, New Zealand, for another flight test of its super pressure balloon, or SPB, technology to support science missions for longer flight durations, with flights running up to 100 days.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2108 on: 05/05/2022 07:21 am »
NASA Super Pressure Balloon Making All the Connections

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NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program is back in Wanaka, New Zealand, for another flight test of its super pressure balloon, or SPB, technology to support science missions for longer flight durations, with flights running up to 100 days.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2109 on: 05/11/2022 09:30 am »
The Endurance mission was launched from Svalbard Rocket Range at 01:31 UTC using an Oriole III-A sounding rocket. More info about the mission: https://www.andoyaspace.no/articles/why-is-there-life-on-earth-but-not-on-mars and https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2022/sun/nasa-rocket-to-measure-earth-s-life-supporting-secret-a-weak-electric-field.

There was also a livestream of the launch on YouTube, with the liftoff happening at 01:30:56

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2110 on: 05/20/2022 10:46 am »
It seems that the taiwanese Advanced Rocket Research Center is getting close to the maiden flight of their HTTP-3A sounding rocket, aiming at an apogee of 100 km (the video is dated May 9th):


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2111 on: 06/21/2022 04:32 pm »
NASA WFF livestream for Rock On! 2022 Student Sounding Rocket Launch. A Terrier Improved Orion is being employed for the launch.


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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2112 on: 06/25/2022 07:03 am »
Launch campaign for DLR STORT mission is ongoing in Andřya. Link to the webcast (currently on a hold at -20 minutes for weather conditions):

EDIT: launch scrubbed for today, the window stretches until 30th June

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2113 on: 06/25/2022 07:28 am »
Launch campaign for DLR STORT mission is ongoing in Andřya.

According to this paper DLR intended to use an S31-Improved Malemute-Improved Orion launch vehicle, which matches the description of a 3-stage vehicle given in the mission webpage.
« Last Edit: 06/25/2022 07:29 am by Fmedici »

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2114 on: 06/26/2022 01:23 am »
Here's the new livestream. Currently at T-38 minutes.

« Last Edit: 06/26/2022 01:23 am by Steven Pietrobon »
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2115 on: 06/26/2022 02:35 am »
Here's the new livestream. Currently at T-38 minutes.


Launched at 02:19:00

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2116 on: 06/26/2022 11:23 pm »
Launch campaign for DLR STORT mission is ongoing in Andřya.

According to this paper DLR intended to use an S31-Improved Malemute-Improved Orion launch vehicle, which matches the description of a 3-stage vehicle given in the mission webpage.
AFAIK this was a VSB-30 launching the Imp. Orion; thus S31 - S30 - Imp. Orion.
This launch moved from Esrange to Andoya.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2117 on: 06/27/2022 12:27 am »
Launch campaign for DLR STORT mission is ongoing in Andřya.

According to this paper DLR intended to use an S31-Improved Malemute-Improved Orion launch vehicle, which matches the description of a 3-stage vehicle given in the mission webpage.
AFAIK this was a VSB-30 launching the Imp. Orion; thus S31 - S30 - Imp. Orion.
This launch moved from Esrange to Andoya.

Based on the fins the 2nd stage may indeed be a S30.
So it could be called a VSB-30 imp. Orion or S31 S30 Imp. Orion. I guess, i need to do some research what it is and what it is called.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2118 on: 06/27/2022 04:21 pm »
I used difference in diameter to indicate the stages.
S31, S30 (and Red Kite) have a diameter of 22'/ 0.56m.
Imp. Malamute (PAC-2) had a diameter of 16" /0.4m.
Imp. Orion (Hawk) 14"/ 0.356m
The first and second stages look to have the same diameter. While the 3th has a smaller diameter.

This launcher configuration might only be used on this launch. So there isn't really a point in naming it. If they didn't change ignition timing for the S30, I think VSB-30 Imp.Orion is the right name. If they changed it, S31-S30-imp.Orion would be preferable.

It is very likely the S31 and S30 stages will be replaced by Red Kite stages when other STORT missions will be launched.
The Imp. Orion might be replaced by the DLR Viserion stage hybrid motor.

Andoyaspace.no: STORT succesfully launched
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Launch Date       Type                         Project   Launch Site   Country
2022-06-28   S31 / S30 / Improved Orion   STORT   Andřya   Norway
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #2119 on: 07/03/2022 04:53 pm »
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