One of our missions is to increase aerospace knowledge
and the appreciation of how aviation and aerospace
have benefitted our country.
Project Hyperion: Near Space Balloon Launch
Topic of the week
Here we will post a "bulletin board" of aerospace current events and topics of interest.
ATREX Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment
Weather permitting in mid-March or early April, NASA will launch 5 rockets in 5 minutes from their Wallops Flight Facility, on Wallops Island VA. The 5 rockets are all sounding (suborbital) rockets carrying pressure,and temperature instruments and chemical dispersant TMA (trimethyl aluminium). The chemicals will be released in an upper airstream to form contrails that will be seen and photographed by people from Vermont to the Carolinas. NASA has 3 different sights to take photos, Wallops Island, Southern New Jersey, and North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Scientists will use this information to calculate the wind speeds and currents at these altitudes which are believed to be in the range of 200-300 mph. A concern also exists about the electrical and ion activity in this region, because of the satellite communication disruptions. For more information and pictures go to www.space.com
Become an Aerospace Member
Teachers can join Civil Air Patrol as Aerospace Education Members, and receive free classroom teaching materials that meet national standards for math and science. Members also qualify for $250 grants, offered twice each year. Aerospace education members also receive a free orientation flight every year in a Civil Air Patrol aircraft. To learn more, contact us or visit the National Civil Air Patrol website for educators.