Why Does NASA Use Sounding Rockets? | Video

The smaller and less expensive rockets can be designed in 6 months and a mission can be accomplished in 1-3 years. The trade-off (from launching on a bigger rocket) is you “only get 10 minutes of suborbital flight,” according to Dartmouth College physics professor Kristina Lynch.

NASA Launches Black Brant IX Suborbital Sounding Rocket to Test Tech - Video

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