Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL ICON Air-Launch Set For Thursday Night

takeoff of the Stargazer L-1011 set for 8:32 p.m.

Due to weather in the area, NASA and Northrop Grumman have decided to move the Pegasus XL and ICON launch 24-hours to October 10 at 9:30 p.m., with takeoff of the Stargazer L-1011 at 8:32 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Due to weather in the area, NASA and Northrop Grumman decided to move the Pegasus XL and ICON launch 24-hours to Thursday, October 10 at 9:30 p.m.

Takeoff of the Stargazer L-1011 will begin at 8:32 p.m.

The air-launched rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit.

Pegasus XL will release off the aircraft at an altitude of 39,000 feet

Coverage can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV

According to Space FlightNow, ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather.

Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions.

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