Launch Attempt #7 for NASA Suborbital Rocket Launch


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wednesday night ended in yet another scrubbed launch and attempt #6 for NASA’s suborbital rocket launch. The previous scheduled launches were either scrubbed due to upper-level winds not being within the required limits for a safe launch or due to cloud cover in Bermuda – this time was for a different reason. NASA Wallops states “The Black Brant XII launch scheduled for May 12 has been postponed to provide time for inspection of the rocket after the vehicle came in contact with a launcher support during today’s preparations.”

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In this long exposure photo, photographers watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon space capsule lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

NASA will try again for the 7th attempt on Saturday, May 15th at 8:10 pm which is a week past originally scheduled launch. For the Charlotte area, IF the launch takes place Saturday, the Charlotte area should have good viewing with partly cloudy skies. For those with little cloud cover across the southeastern half of the United States, look to the northeast and watch the sky for the rocket trail and vapor clouds around the rocket. For folks in the northeast with little cloud cover, look southeast.

Wallops Kinetx Vismap

Approximate viewing times after liftoff. WCCB Charlotte viewers will be able to see the rocket roughly 30-60 seconds after it takes off from eastern Virginia.

The rocket’s mission, titled KiNet-X, is to study the earth’s magnetosphere and how it is able to transport energy through electromagnetic currents that surround our planet. With this information, scientists hope to understand and forecast auroras and other upper-atmospheric phenomena better.

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