NasaSocial media accreditation participants were given a tour of the sounding rockets today and witnessed an air bearing test. NASA sounding rockets are used for launching experiments that analyze celestial objects and related space phenomena. Sounding rockets can fly higher than the shuttle and the International Space Station.
The current schedule for the Antares Launch & the NasaSocial Media tour: (All times EDT)
April 15 – 12:30 – 1 p.m.: Registration and check-in; 1 – 4:30 p.m.: Tour & news briefing
NasaSocial media accreditation participants took a tour of Wallop’s today, including learning about the scientific balloon program. Balloons have been used to conduct scientific studies for decades. Balloons have always offered great flexibility for payload design and weight, as well as reduced mission cost. While the basics of ballooning remain unchanged, balloons have increased in size, allowing for heavier lift capabilities, with greater reliability.
NASA’s scientific balloons are constructed of very thin polyethylene material about the same thickness as an ordinary sandwich wrap. NASA’s largest standard balloon is approximately 40 million cubic feet (1.13 million cubic meters) and reaches an altitude of approximately 130,000 feet (39.6 kilometers). The system includes a balloon, a parachute and a payload that carries instruments necessary to conduct scientific experiments. Continue reading →