Published: 1. December 2015 by: Trond Abrahamsen

CAPER launched

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The NASA CAPER sounding rocket was launched from ASC on Monday 30 November at 08:25 local time.

This was the 4th flight for NASA of the Oriole 4 vehicle and unfortunately, the system that ignites the 3rd stage motor failed to function properly and the mission was unsuccessful.  The 4th stage motor did ignite as planned and the payload and empty rocket motor case landed safely into the ocean in the cleared hazard area approximately 17 km from the ASC.

NASA and ASC are investigating the cause of this anomaly and hope to clear the next mission for flight very soon.