Rocket launch from Wallops Island tests new tech
The NASA logo on the side of the Vehicle Assemble building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP / Chris O'Meara)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:30AM EDT
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.
NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapour traces in space.
The NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office is reviewing data on the test's performance.