The Grand Challenge Initiative – How to get the most science out of a sounding rocket

Sounding rockets are used to investigate the atmosphere and the Earth's magnetic field and have been launched from Andøya since 1962. Sounding rockets are cheap compared to satellite missions, but they still come with a price tag. So how can the amount of scientific data be increased and the yield from such missions maximized?

The cusp is the part of the Earth's magnetic field that funnels down into the polar regions.

The mesosphere and the lower thermosphere are layers of the middle atmosphere.

Mr Kolbjørn Blix, director sounding rockets, Andøya Space

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Mr Kolbjørn Blix, Director sounding rockets, Andøya Space