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sounding rocket

A rocket providing relatively inexpensive brief flights (typically 4–10 minutes) for studying the Earth's upper atmosphere and for making high-altitude astronomical observations. Information collected by instruments on board is radioed or sometimes parachuted back to Earth. First launched in 1946, sounding rockets are generally single-stage rockets. After completion of rocket motor firing they can coast upward before dropping back to Earth. The latest sounding rockets can reach an altitude of 1000 km.

sounding rocket

[′sau̇nd·iŋ ‚räk·ət]
(aerospace engineering)
A rocket that carries aloft equipment for making observations of or from the upper atmosphere.
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To scale the thrust for every sounding rocket size, the initial launch acceleration and the specific impulse are maintained constant:
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But if they continue to spend more time on good songs like Heatseeker (the best sounding rocket within their arsenal) and less in front of the mirror, The Hedrons will continue to Hed in the right direction.
The long-running and highly respected Skylark sounding rocket programme was used to carry scientific instruments to study the Earth's ionosphere, as well as the aurora borealis and the Sun.
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Hugh Whitfield, of Sounding Rocket Services, said: 'Skylark is one of the most successful rocket programmes of all time, but this British achievement is largely unknown.'
Hugh Whitfield, of Sounding Rocket Services, which has operated the Skylark vehicles since 1999, said a test launch carried out yesterday had gone smoothly: 'Skylark is one of the most successful rocket programmes of all time, but this British achievement is largely unknown,' he claimed The final mission, known as the Maser 10, will take five experiments into space to study the effects of microgravity
The sounding rocket program permitted the detection of x-rays and auroral particles high above the earth and measurements were taken of winds and temperatures, cosmic rays and magnetic fields.