Students successfully launch rocket to test scientific instruments in space. by Heins Kim

NASA successfully launched a suborbital rocket into space carrying students scientific experiments at 7:33:30 a.m. EDT August 17th from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, US.. The rocket reached an altitude of  152km (95 miles). An anomaly occurred during flight and the payload was not successfully retrieved however most of the data from the flight was acquired.

According to NASA's website the students who come from universities throughout the U.S. are participating in the RockSat-X project in conjunction with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. 

"University and community college students will put their scientific and technological skills to test by flying experiments they developed on a NASA two-stage Terrier Improved-Malemute suborbital sounding rocket Aug. 16 from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia."

 The rocket, carrying scientific instruments that are developed by the students, including UHD cameras, HD cameras, high density particle detector, RFID detectors amongst other. The Mission is to gather data in space and give students opportunity to fly their scientific experiments in space. 

This is the 6th launch of RockSat-X from Wallops Flight Facility and is estimated apogee to be  152km (95 miles) where the payloads will deploy their instruments, doing measurements before it drops out of orbit and starts a reentry, where the parachutes will deploy. Last year RockSat-X successfully launched and recovered with different payload.

According to Oscar Resto, Specialist in Scientific Instrumentation with UPR, RockSat-X has become a fundamental part of the UPR students’ academic and professional development in the scientific research component.

BALLS 23, Black Rock high Desert, NV by Victoria Keddie

BALLS 23 is the premier Experimental Rocket Launch in the Continental US. This year marked the 23rd year it was held in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.   

BALLS 23 brings dedicated rocketry enthusiasts devoted to the leading edge of non-professional rocketry activities together for the best demonstration of experimental motor design using today's best technologies, and probably the largest non-professional rockets seen anywhere. 

Heins Kim of Bifröst was there and got to see some of these unique rockets in action.