NorthWest Research Associates

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Outreach: Natalia Solorzano, Research Scientist; Jeremy Thomas, Research Scientist

January 2024

Blue Origin Rocket Instrument Payload Contribution

NWRA Research Scientists Jeremy Thomas and Natalia Solorzano led a team of undergraduate students from DigiPen Institute of Technology to design, build, and test a light weight and low-cost energetic particle sensor. The sensor was flown in the capsule of Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket in West Texas to 110km altitude on December 19, 2023.

This is the second flight for the sensor. It previously flew in September 2022, but the payload didn't reach space altitudes due to an anomaly with Blue Origin's rocket. The team is analyzing the data and preparing publications.

Jeremy Thomas Natalia Solorzano