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Mesquito [NASA]

The Mesquito, under development, is a 11.4 cm Dart propelled to 90 - 100 km with an US Army M26 Basic Multiple Launch System Rocket (MLRS) motor, and is intended for temporal and spatial measurements in the lower Mesosphere.

A high altitude parachute may be included, and a low cost telemetry system is also an option. Missions including multiple launches over a relatively short period of time are deemed feasible.

The non-instrumented Dart is estimated to have an interior available volume of 4621 cm2. With the NSROC avionics package the experiment volume is approximately 557 cm2.

Vehicle Stage 1
Mesquito M26
Nr TypeNr  Vehicle              Date          LS        Suc  Payload

 1    1    Mesquito             06.05.2008    WI LA-2  *     NASA 19.066GT
 2    2    Mesquito             07.05.2008    WI LA-2  * F   NASA 12.065GT
 3    3    Mesquito             16.12.2009    WI LA-2  *     NASA 12.068GT

Launch sites:

WI  = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA USA