WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is preparing to launch two rockets from the Eastern Shore of Virginia in a joint project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The launch is scheduled to take place on Wallops Island on Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion rockets will be launched 15-seconds apart in support of the Daytime Dynamo experiment.
NASA says the project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.
The ionosphere stretches from about 30 to 600 miles above Earth. A disruption in the ionosphere can disrupt communication signals from satellites.
Each sounding rocket will go for a five-minute flight to about 100 miles up in the ionosphere.