Updates on the IAP DEFINE sounding rocket project

News received from PI – Boris Strelnikov at Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Rostock (IAP):

Their new sounding rocket project – Density Field in the MLT: Neutrals, Electrons, and trace gases. Radiative and dynamical balance (DEFINE) is now fully funded. Congratulations!

It must to be conducted in close coordination with the Swedish project ORIGIN.
The rocket launch is planned for January-February 2025.
One DEFINE rocket from Andøya Space and 2 ORIGIN launches from the ESRANGE.

If all goes well, the DEFINE and one of the ORIGIN rockets will be the first ever to launch simoultaneously from Andøya Space and ESRANGE.

A brief scientific summary will come soon.