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Watch the launch of university student projects on a NASA rocket early Saturday

The student space flight projects will be launched from NASA's Wallops flight facility on Saturday morning (March 24), and the rocket carrying them will be visible along parts of the east coast of the United States. .

The payload of the Instrument Project for University Students (USIP) is the work of teams from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, the University of Kentucky, Lexington, the State University of Utah, Logan and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In 2016, these schools were chosen to explore projects "that could affect future space flights," Joyce Winterton, senior education and leadership development consultant at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, said in a statement.

The launch window for the 43-foot tall Terrier Improved Maleute rocket is set at 6:30 a.m. at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1030 to 1430 GMT). You can watch the live launch on, courtesy of NASA Wallops, beginning at 6 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT). [NASA Sounding Rocket Lights Up the Sky: Photos]

If you live nearby, the NASA Visitor Center in Wallop will open at 5:30 a.m. EDT for public consultation. A sounding rocket is a spacecraft designed to take measurements and perform experiments, and it spends a relatively short time in space.

Start the visualization visibility map for the launch of the Instrument Program for Undergraduate Students.

Credit: NASA / Mission Planning Lab

Wallops is located in the eastern part of Virginia, and it is expected that people along the state's coast and those who arrive in Maryland can see the USIP launch.

If you live further away but you want to catch the payload of this student project flying to the sky. In addition to the live webcast of Wallops, a Facebook Live will show the launch from 6:15 a.m. EDT (1015 GMT). Smartphone users can also download the "What's Up at Wallops" app, which has a compass that shows the direction one should take to see the launch.

According to NASA, the rocket will reach an altitude of approximately 100 miles (160 km). The experiments will then descend by parachute and land in the Atlantic Ocean about 70 miles (110 km) from Wallops Island after the flight. Projects will be retrieved and returned to students later that day.

 Students participating in the Undergraduate Instrument Project observe the load vibration tests.

Students participating in the Undergraduate Instrument Project observe the payload vibration tests.

Credit: NASA / Berit Bland

That oceanic recovery plan that caused an initial launch delay. The USIP flight was originally scheduled for Thursday morning (March 22) and was delayed until Friday, but officials postponed it until Saturday due to bad weather and expected swells that would interfere with the recovery efforts.


During the flight, students at the Florida Institute of Technology will test an insulation repair material in a nearby vacuum environment, while students at the University of Kentucky will deploy a small input spacecraft during the flight to test a design for thermal protection and communications system. Students at Utah State University will test a propellant system with green propellant while looking for harmful effects of boom contamination, and students at the University of Nebraska will test a retractable boom and a solar blanket for small satellite applications and rockets probe.

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