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sounding rocket

n.
A rocket used to make observations anywhere within the earth's atmosphere.
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Noun1.sounding rocket - a research rocket used to obtain information about the atmosphere at various altitudes
research rocket, test instrument vehicle, test rocket - a rocket fired for test purposes
Translations
fusée-sonde
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NASA confirmed in May it will launch sounding rockets into space from the Arnhem Space Centre, near Nhulunbuy, next year.
Regional powers can join hands in providing sounding rockets, to start with, and weather satellites, for instance.
This cooperation could be through helping young Kuwaitis learn about "cube satellites or sounding rockets," senior NASA engineer Nagin Cox told KUNA at the US Embassy in Kuwait.
"The areas of cooperation possibilities also include satellite navigation and sounding rockets, while Isro has provided a report to the Arab Civil Aviation Commission on the possibility of using Gagan [GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation] satellite navigation services in the region," Dr Sivan said.
Sounding rockets are specialized missiles generally used to investigate the region of space between 50 and 700 km where it is difficult to enter with the traditional atmospheric balloon or low orbit satellites.
The 17m-long sounding rockets will reach an altitude of over 300km before deploying scientific instruments right at the heart of the spectacle.
Reduced gravity conditions can be simulated on Earth implementing several technological solutions: drop in the vacuum tower, "ZeroG" aircraft parabola flights, sounding rockets or balloons.
Sounding rockets, radar and satellite measurements have detected metal ion layers high in the atmosphere above Earth.
The launch window for both missions, which include two sounding rockets each, is February 13 through March 3.
India has successfully sent spacecraft to the Moon and Mars and, more recently, has lofted X-ray detectors aboard high-altitude balloons and suborbital sounding rockets. But this is ISRO's first astronomical satellite.
The mission was led by Massimiliano Galeazzi, a professor of physics at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and the team included scientists from NASA, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), headquartered in Paris, and other institutions, who rebuilt, tested, calibrated, and adapted X-ray detectors originally designed by the University of Wisconsin and flown on sounding rockets in the 1970s.
The space programme had a humble beginning in the early 1960s, when India began the scientific investigation of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere over the magnetic equator, which passes over Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram, with small sounding rockets.