A sounding rocket is an instrument carrying suborbital rocket. They are often used in atmospheric research. They can easily reach altitudes that are beyond balloon's reach. These sleak multistage solid fueled beauties often have flight times that are up to 40 minutes! Imagine the size of that elliptic.
I've created a Sounding Rocket Info Link Page located here. Enjoy!
Does anyone know why the Nasa Sounding Rockets Program Office is called "Code 810"?
update: Thanks to Dick Stafford at Rocket Dungeon for the answer-
"That office is part of the Wallops Flight Facility, which is a directorate of GSFC. GSFC’s organizations are called ‘Codes’ with WFF being The Suborbital Projects Directorate, Code 800. Code 810 is then an office in that directorate."