NASA successfully launched a NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket carrying two space technology demonstration projects at 6:15 a.m. EDT today.

The rocket carried the SOAREX-8 Exo-Brake Flight Test from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and the Radial Core Heat Spreader from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. Preliminary analysis shows that data was received on both projects.

The payload flew to an altitude of 206 miles and impacted in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 10 minutes after launch.  The payload will not be recovered. 

The flight was conducted through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. 

The next launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket early in the morning on August 11 carrying the RockSat-X university student payload.

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