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a research rocket used to obtain information about the atmosphere at various altitudes

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Both of these sounding rockets are propelled with a solid state motor, due to their simplicity and light weights with respect to liquid propellant.
An experiment to measure nitric oxide in the polar sky was successfully launched on a NASA sounding rocket at 8:45 a.m.
Satellites are launched on ballistic missiles, not sounding rockets. Iran put its first satellite into orbit February 4, 2009.
These rockets, sometimes known as sounding rockets, are instrument-carrying rockets designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments during their sub-orbital flights.
NASA's suborbital sounding rockets provide low-cost means to conduct space science and studies of Earth's upper atmosphere.
The Space Science and Engineering Division focuses on the development of scientific payloads aboard scientific satellites, the International Space Station, reusable suborbital vehicles and sounding rockets. Institute teams formulate concepts, design and manage complex hardware and data systems, develop advanced space borne instrumentation, and address theoretical aspects of space physics and planetary astronomy.
They were cheaper and more flexible than weather baLLoons or sounding rockets.
The Skybolt Sounding Rocket has been designed to flight test a Starchaser rocket engine and is designed to be reusable, a trait that is almost unique compared to other existing sounding rockets.
Other papers cover topics ranging from before World War II to the present, including liquid propellant engines in the Soviet Union, early French aeronautics, asphalt rocket propellants and a Japanese rocket fighter, the parking lot rocket experiments of North American Aviation, the development of the Veronique and Vesta, the Netherlands in space, flight termination of the first large solid propellant rockets, the "Black Prince," a French satellite and commercial satellites in general, Russian space suits, exploration of the solar system from 1961 to 2000, studies of space biology, a Russian super-heavy rocket, Argentinean sounding rockets in Antarctica, and Australian rocket retrieval in the dessert.
But launching these so-called 'sounding rockets' is seen as a precursor to an eventual spaceshot, which in turn would signal a technological breakthrough in developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
The fact that much of Mid Wales is relatively empty of towns and villages means that it has on occasion been used as a test-bed for small sub-orbital and experimen- tal sounding rockets.
Sounding rockets often are used by NASA as a cost-effective way to conduct investigations at specified times and altitudes.
During the ensuing decade sounding rockets were developed which could attain altitudes of 370 kilometres.
They include building and launching CubeSats into Earth orbit and designing and building experiments to be launched on board sounding rockets.
The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space is concerned with remote sensing and meteorological imagery, and designs and builds sounding rockets for atmospheric research.