Welcome to the web page of the Johns
Hopkins University Sounding Rocket Program. The Rocket Program is a
research group in the Henry A. Rowland
Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The Rocket Program at JHU was founded in 1961 by G. Dieke and W. Fastie. Since then, the group has launched over 70 sounding rockets, from Aerobee class rockets to the two stage Terrier-Black Brants and observed targets including but not limited to the Earth's aurora, Venus, Jupiter, several comets including Halley and Hale-Bopp, the Io Plasma Torus, a Solar eclipse, several hot star calibrations, reflection and planetary nebulae, and the first Ultraviolet observation of quasar 3C273. These observations have lead to over 30 Ph.D. theses since the inception of the program. We are currently preparing for the first launch of our new instrument, FORTIS, slated for October 2011.
The Rocket Program has also been intimately involved with a number of related NASA programs, including the Apollo 17 Ultraviolet Spectrometer Experiment, the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, and observing programs using the Copernicus, IUE, Spitzer, Hubble and FUSE observatories.
Rocket Group Personnel
Sounding Rocket Photo Album
General Description of Sounding Rockets
Sounding Rocket Links
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