Published: 13. December 2015 by: Trond Abrahamsen

RENU II Launched

Photo from the lift-off of the RENU II vehicle. By Trond Abrahamsen, ASC

Photo from the lift-off of the RENU II vehicle. By Trond Abrahamsen, ASC

At 0834 local time December 13th, the Nasa rocket RENU II was launched from Andøya Space Center. It was a successful launch where the initial results shows that all experiments worked as planned and the vehicle reached an apogee of 447 km.

The RENU II was a four stage Black Brant XII sounding rocket designed to investigate neutral upwelling in the cusp region of Earth’s magnetosphere. The principal investigator was Dr. Marc Lessard from the University of New Hampshire.

The payload was built by Nasa Wallops, and included instruments from University of New Hampshire, Darthmouth College, Cornell University and Aerospace Corp.

The mission was supported by several ground based observation sites such as EISCAT Svalbard, SuperDARN Finland and the Kjell-Henriksen Observatory at Svalbard.

Telemetry was received by Andøya Space Center, Nasa, KSAT Tromsø and KSAT Svalbard.