Black Brant IX Sounding Rocket Launch

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Date(s) - January 8, 2022
11:00 pm

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Launching into the New Year! 🚀

A Black Brant IX sounding rocket is now scheduled to launch Saturday, January 8, carrying an experiment to study the origin of soft X-rays in our galaxy that impact technology in Earth’s atmosphere.

While not harmful to us on the surface, these X-rays can disrupt radio communications and accuracy of GPS systems. Soft X-rays have lower energy as compared to hard X-rays, which are used in imaging for medical applications.

For those in the mid-Atlantic region, weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the rocket. The window opens January 8 at 11 p.m. EDT and runs until 2 a.m. January 9. Learn more:


Viewing locations for NASA Wallops Flight Facility launches can be found at Please note that the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center remains closed and there is no parking allowed on Route 175 – Chincoteague Road.