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NASA Set to Launch 5 Rockets to Study High-Altitude Jet Stream

The map of the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. reveals the projected space the place the rockets could also be seen whereas the motors are burning by means of flight. It additionally reveals the flight profile of every of the 5 rockets. Credit score: NASA/Wallops

NASA is ready to launch 5 rockets to research the excessive pace winds and electrical turbulence of the high-altitude jet stream positioned 60 to 65 miles above the floor of the Earth, which may adversely have an effect on satellite tv for pc and radio communications.(*5*)

Launch insanity will hit the east coast in March as NASA launches 5 rockets in roughly 5 minutes to research the high-altitude jet stream from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) is a Heliophysics sounding rocket mission that can collect info wanted to higher perceive the method accountable for the high-altitude jet stream positioned 60 to 65 miles above the floor of the Earth.

4 trimethyl aluminum (TMA) trails from a previous mission flown from Poker Flat, Alaska, in February 2009. Credit score: Miguel Larsen/Clemson Univ.

The high-altitude jet stream is greater than the one generally reported in climate forecasts. The winds discovered on this higher jet stream sometimes have speeds of 200 to nicely over 300 mph and create fast transport from the Earth’s mid latitudes to the polar areas. This jet stream is positioned in the identical area the place robust electrical currents happen within the ionosphere. It’s subsequently a area with plenty of electrical turbulence, of the kind that may adversely have an effect on satellite tv for pc and radio communications.

The sounding rockets getting used for the mission are two Terrier-Improved Malemutes , two Terrier-Improved Orions and one Terrier-Oriole.

The 5 rockets will launch a chemical tracer that can kind milky, white tracer clouds that permit scientists and the general public to “see” the winds in house. As well as, two of the rockets can have instrumented payloads, to measure the strain and temperature within the environment on the peak of the high-speed winds.

Photos: NASA/Wallops; Miguel Larsen/Clemson Univ

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