BOSTON (CBS) – NASA postponed the launch of the KiNET-X rocket from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for the third time on Sunday evening. You will try again on Monday at 8:04 p.m.
The start was postponed on Sunday because “the upper level winds are not within the limits for a safe start”.
LAUNCH SCRUBBED ❗ Today’s Black Brant XII rocket with the KiNET-X payload has been postponed to Monday, May 10th at 8:04 p.m. at the earliest. The start has been postponed because the winches on the upper level are not within the limits required for a safe start.
– NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) May 10, 2021
It’s not possible to see a NASA missile speed across the Atlantic every day, but that was the plan on Friday. The start has been postponed for every night since then.
But what is it exactly?
The aim of the mission is to investigate how energy and momentum are transported between regions of space that are magnetically connected.
This study will help scientists better understand things like aurors and how they are formed and how they move from place to place.
To investigate this, the missile will release barium vapor at an altitude of over 200 miles north of Bermuda approximately 9 to 10 minutes after the start of the flight. Don’t worry, this vapor is not harmful to the environment or the public. In fact, it’s not even likely to be visible to the human eye.
However, NASA will investigate this vapor release using all kinds of diagnostic instruments on board the rocket. NASA calls this “a very simple experiment. . . This allows us to quantify the flow of energy to electrons. “
However, if you hope to catch a glimpse of the rocket on Monday evening, it should be visible in our southeast between 30 and 60 seconds after it has been launched (assuming the launch is punctually at 8:04 p.m.).
If the weather interrupts the start and breaks off again, several more start windows will run until May 16. We will keep you posted!