NASA scheduled to launch Black Brant XII rocket tonight

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WJW) — NASA is scheduled to launch a four-stage Black Brant XII rocket from their Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Sunday night.


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The launch window will open at 8:03 p.m. EDT and stay open for 40 minutes. NASA says that ground and upper-level winds continue to be a concern, so officials will be monitoring them throughout the count.

LAUNCH UPDATE May 9 🚀 We’re a GO for tonight’s launch attempt! The launch window will open at 8:03 p.m. EDT and stay open for 40 minutes.

Ground and upper level winds continue to be a concern, so the team will monitor them throughout the count.https://t.co/jeEc38svTD

— NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) May 9, 2021

This launch is part of the KiNet-X mission to explore energy transport in space using a NASA suborbital sounding rocket. NASA says the mission is designed to study how energy and momentum are transported between different regions of space that are magnetically connected.

The launch may be visible in much of the eastern United States from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River. It is expected to provide a brief light show for residents of the eastern United States and Bermuda.


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NASA says, for most people, the rocket is going to look like a small dot moving quickly through the sky.

The organization adds that the vapor tracers will be released around 9-10 minutes after launch at about 217-249 miles altitude over the Atlantic Ocean and 540-560 miles downrange from Wallops, just north of Bermuda.

The launch was originally scheduled for 8:02 p.m. Saturday with a 40-minute launch window. However, NASA Wallops Flight Facility announced at 8:16 p.m. that the launch had to be postponed to Sunday night due to inclement weather.

NASA says backup launch days run through May 16.

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— NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) May 9, 2021

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