A sounding rocket launches from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia carrying three technology development projects to study suborbital space. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A suborbital sounding rocket was launched on Monday (March 7) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket is carrying three new technologies designed to study the microgravity environment of suborbital space, NASA's website reported. NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is sponsoring the technologies flown on this flight. The 448-pound two-stage rocket was predicted to reach 100-miles (160 km) altitude and impact in the Atlantic Ocean 56 miles (90 km) from Wallops Island 19 minutes after launch. Parachute recovery of the payload is planned. The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops was open for viewing the launch.