ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sandia National Laboratories recently launched a bus into space.
Not the kind with wheels that go round and round, but the kind of device that links electronic devices (a USB cable, short for "universal serial bus," is one common example).
The bus was among 16 total experiments aboard two sounding rockets that were launched as part of the National Nuclear Security Administration's HOT SHOT program, which conducts scientific experiments and tests developing technologies on nonweaponized rockets.
The respective flights took place on April 23 and April 24 at the Kauai Test Facility in Hawaii.
"Sandia's team was able to develop, fabricate, and launch two distinct payloads in less than 11 months," said Nick Leathe, who oversaw the payload development.
Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Kansas City National Security Campus, and the U.K.-based Atomic Weapons Establishment provided experiments for this series of HOT SHOTs.