Published: 30. June 2016 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Successful Launch of Improved Malemute

On June 30th at 11:43:18 local time (09:43:18 UTC) an Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched from Andøya Space Center (ASC) in a cooperative qualification effort of ASC and DLR’s Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA).

It was a successful launch and the initial results show that the vehicle performed totally nominal and reached an apogee of approximately 115 km and all instruments worked as planned.

The Improved Malemute was flown for the first time in a single stage three-fin configuration. The motor is owned and operated by DLR MORABA which also developed and provided the vehicle flight hardware. The qualification of this motor and hardware was the primary goal of this mission.

The “passenger” on this maiden flight of the sounding rocket was the MaxiDusty payload. It was equipped with numerous instruments designed to investigate various phenomena related to dust particles in the Middle Atmosphere. The principal investigator is Ove Havnes from the University of Tromsø. The scientific payload was designed and built by Andøya Space Center and included instruments from University of Tromsø, University of Oslo, Graz University of Technology, University of Alberta, University of Colorado, Stockholm University and University of Leeds.

The scientific mission was supported by several ground based Lidar soundings from the Alomar observatory and also the Maarsy and Eiscat Radars.

The qualification mission was supported by the tracking of two Radar stations, one from ASC and one from DLR MORABA with combined operating teams. The on-board data has been received from ASC ground based telemetry stations.

MaxiDusty launch with Improved Malimutt Motor

MaxiDusty launch with Improved Malemute Motor

MaxiDusty launch with Improved Malimutt Motor

MaxiDusty launch with Improved Malemute Motor

MaxiDusty payload on pad with Improved Malimutt Motor

MaxiDusty payload on pad with Improved Malemute Motor

MaxiDusty payload on pad with Improved Malimutt Motor

MaxiDusty payload on pad with Improved Malemute Motor

MaxiDusty payload and launch team on pad with Improved Malimutt Motor.

MaxiDusty campaign team on pad with Improved Malemute Motor.