The RockSat-X payload being carried into space on a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled for launch between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., April 18. The backup days are April 19 – 21. The launch was previously scheduled in March but was postponed because of unacceptable weather for launch and/or payload recovery. The rocket is carrying experiments developed by undergraduate students from the Universities of Colorado, Northwest Nazarene, Puerto Rico; Nebraska and Virginia Tech.
When launched, the experiments will examine technology development, microgravity science and the search for life in the upper atmosphere and near space during the suborbital mission, which will reach an altitude of nearly 94 nautical miles.
The Visitor Center will open at 5:30 a.m. on launch day for viewing the mission and Ustream coverage on the Wallops site begins at 5:30 a.m.
The NASA Visitor Center, located on Va. Rt. 175 about six miles from U.S. Route 13 and five miles from Chincoteague, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.