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Introduction to the Special Issue on Sounding Rockets and Instrumentation

Christe, Steven; Zeiger, Ben; Pfaff, Rob; Garcia, Michael;
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  • Published: 06 Feb 2016
Abstract
Rocket technology, originally developed for military applications, has provided a low-cost observing platform to carry critical and rapid-response scientific investigations for over 70 years. Even with the development of launch vehicles that could put satellites into orbit, high altitude sounding rockets have remained relevant. In addition to science observations, sounding rockets provide a unique technology test platform and a valuable training ground for scientists and engineers. Most importantly, sounding rockets remain the only way to explore the tenuous regions of the Earth's atmosphere (the upper stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower ionosphere/thermosphere)...
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free text keywords: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
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