Nasa ATREX Rocket Sounders Launched Studying the Ionospheric Winds
Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:52
Live webcast and status updates/tweets (experts answering Q's periodically): http://www.risingtid..._Wallops/ATREX/
Latest press release: http://www.nasa.gov/...news/12-10.html
The five rockets, two of which carry instrument payloads, will be launched 80s apart from Wallops Flight Facility and filmed from there and New Jersey and North Carolina to trace the 'milky white' clouds left by chemical tracers as they move out into the Atlantic. The rockets will reach 60-65 miles into the atmosphere, where 300mph winds and electrical disturbances need further study. The electrical currents are suspected to cause some interference with satellite communications, but there are possibilities that they are somewhat linked to the wind speeds observed in that zone.
Launch confidence is currently poor due to the cloud cover.
Image credit: NASA/Wallops 2012