CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (WAVY) — A sounding rocket launched at NASA Wallops midnight.
The Black Brant IX sounding rocket launched at 12 am ET from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
The launch window for the Black Brant 9 was between 11:30 p.m. Saturday night and 3 a.m. Sunday morning. It was originally supposed to be launched on Jan. 4 then Jan. 6 but was delayed due to inclement weather.
The sounding rocket is carrying a DXL experiment, which will study the origin of soft X-rays in the galaxy that impact technology such as radio and GPS in Earth’s atmosphere.
Weather conditions however may delay the launch again, as rain is expected to move into the region around the launch window. The Chincoteague area and the rest of the Eastern Shore are expected to see snow Friday morning, but not as much as earlier this week.