Suborbital Rocket to be Launched from Va. Facility

September 13, 2010

NASA plans to launch a suborbital rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore next week to test new rocket technologies.

NASA says in a news release that the Terrior-Improved Orion sub-orbital sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched from its Wallops Island facility between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday. The launch originally had been set for Tuesday.

The mission includes the third test of the rocket's primary payload, NASA's Autonomous Flight Safety System. The onboard system is designed to issue a destruct signal if a launch flight deviates from its path.

A Federal Aviation Administration payload that's designed to provide a launch flight's location and velocity to aircraft and air traffic control systems also will be tested.

The launch can be viewed from the facility's visitor center, which will be open at 7 a.m. on launch day.

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