G-CHASER Mission Successfully Launched

The G-CHASER mission, which includes experiments from teams in the U.S., Japan, and Norway, is the fourth of nine sounding rocket missions taking part in the Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp, an international collaboration to explore the polar atmosphere.

It’s the only student flight in the Grand Challenge, flying several student experiments on one rocket, each one a different mission that is unique to their team.

With seven different experiments flying on the same rocket, work on G-CHASER has been an exercise in coordination since it’s early beginnings in 2016. However, today at 09:13:00 UT, the two stage rocket ascended into the skies above Andøya, reaching its calculated altitude of 174 km. So far, all experiments seem to have worked as they were supposed to.