June 21, 2012
NASA launched a Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket this morning from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.
The rocket, carrying 17 educational experiments built by university instructors and students from across the country, lifted off at 6:40 a.m. According to an announcer on the space agency's webcast of the launch, the rocket can reach 2,902 mph maximum velocity.
The launch window was from 6 to 10 a.m. and after test rockets were fired, the sounding rocket was expected to launch around 6 a.m. It was postponed a short while to allow boats to move out of the safety zone offshore.