The third time was the charm for the RockSat-X launch at Wallop's Island this morning.
Several science experiments designed by Virginia Tech students were on board today's flight, including a sensor to study the earth's upper atmosphere.
The launch is part of NASA’s RockSat program, an educational project which provides students with hands-on experience in designing and testing experiments for space.
This is Virginia Tech’s first launch as part of RockSat-X. Similar rockets will be launched in the coming weeks that have selected experiments from Baylor University, University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Puerto Rico.
Today was the third attempt to launch the RockSat-X rocket. Two previous tries in August were scrubbed because of too many boats in nearby waters of the Atlantic Ocean for a major fishing tournament, and then poor weather kept them from launching.