Payload Launch

Suborbital Payload Launch

2009 – Sounding Rockets

NASA and other civil space agencies use sounding rockets extensively to launch payloads briefly above the upper atmosphere for astronomy, atmospheric science, and microgravity science applications. NASA operates these programs…

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2008 – Sounding Rockets

The primary advantages of sounding rockets are their low cost, comparative ease of transport, ability to be launched from locations on land or sea, and relatively short turnaround times between…

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Sounding Rockets

Uncrewed suborbital vehicles, also called sounding rockets, come in diverse sizes and capabilities. They range from relatively small single-stage vehicles that carry payloads of a few dozen kilograms to altitudes…

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2010 – Suborbital Payload Launch

Several companies are developing reusable suborbital vehicles that are capable of both carrying payloads and safely returning them to Earth. While many of these vehicles were originally designed to serve…

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2009 – Suborbital Payload Launch

There is growing interest in suborbital reusable launch vehicles to conduct experiments and research. Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California, is developing the Extreme Altitude series of unmanned suborbital vehicles…

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