SCARI Launch
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General Information
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After integration, the rocket is sent to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for launch. The first launch occurred on November 13, 1997 at 10 pm (local time). SCARI was launched with a Terrier-Black Brant two-stage missile and reached a maximum altitude of ~250 kilometers. The launch lasted roughly 10 minutes, with 5 minutes of data collection. SCARI's nose cone and parachute recovery system allowed it to land in the missile range desert, where it was retrieved by helicopter. The photographs below show the stages leading up to, during and after the launch.



Pictures
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During Horizontal Sequence Test at White Sands
 

SCARI Rocket on launch rail (booster view)

SCARI Rocket on launch rail (nose cone view). Notice the project mascot, "Gloria"

  SCARI Rocket Launch
 

  SCARI Rocket Recovery



LAUNCH #1- Mission 36.080 UG
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    November 13, 1997
    White Sands Missile Range
    NASA SOUNDING ROCKET PROGRAM
    Program Manager: Frank Lau
    Status:
                       The launch and recovery were successful.



LAUNCH #2- Mission 36.177
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     April 17, 1998
    White Sands Missile Range
    Status:
                    The launch went well, and results are forthcoming.