Rocket Launch Tomorrow (Tonight) ?

UPDATE:  The launch was again postponed.  The delay was for weather and not terribly unusual for the US Atlantic coast.  Patience is the key, one doesn’t like the weather just wait a few minutes (I know everybody says that, but it’s true).

Launch date: 18 June EDT / 19 June UTC
Launch time: 21:05 EDT / 01:05 UTC


There could be a rocket launch tomorrow,  or tonight depending on where you are. Launch time would be between 01:05 and 01:20 UTC 16 June /  21:05 and 21:20 EDT.

The launch is a sounding rocket from the NASA Wallops Facility.  I had left the live feed up from the other day as this launch has been “active then scrubbed” many times (I think it’s five times already) due to weather.

BUT if you are on the US east coast you could be treated to some artificial blue clouds.  I am hoping for clear skies as I am in the area for this!!

NASA – NASA has two ground stations—at Wallops and Duck, N.C.—to view blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part of the test. Clear skies are required at one of the two ground stations for this test. Clouds obscured both viewing sites for the June 13 launch attempt.

The June 13 attempt was the seventh for this mission. Previous scrubs have been due to a variety of issues, such as high winds, clouds, and boats in the hazard area.

The multi-canister ampoule ejection system flying on this mission will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously able during a sounding rocket mission.

Canisters will deploy during the rocket’s ascent and they will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will open at 8 p.m. on launch day for viewing the flight.


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