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Mesquito


Single stage solid propellant sounding rocket capable of reaching 95 km altitude.

Rocket vehicle developed for the NASA Sounding Rocket Program to provide rocket-borne measurements of the mesosphere (82-95 km altitude). The payload was housed in an aerodynamic dart.

Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).
First Launch: 2008.05.06.
Last Launch: 2009.12.16.
Number: 3 .

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Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...

Mesquito Chronology


2008 May 6 - . 18:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. Launch Vehicle: Mesquito. LV Configuration: Mesquito NASA 12.066GT.
  • - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

2008 May 7 - . 19:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. Launch Vehicle: Mesquito. LV Configuration: Mesquito NASA 12.065GT.
  • - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2009 December 16 - . 13:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Mesquito.
  • NASA 12.068GT - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Langley. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Test.

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