NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer Launch Now Set Oct. 26 From Cape Canaveral

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The spacecraft will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket

NASA and Northrop Grumman are now targeting Friday, Oct. 26 for the launch of the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON. (NASA image)

(NASA) – NASA and Northrop Grumman are now targeting Friday, Oct. 26 for the launch of the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON.

The spacecraft will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The launch window is 90 minutes starting at 4 a.m. EDT and ICON will be launching off the coast of Daytona at 39,000 feet at a heading of 105.0 degrees.

The launch was postponed from Oct. 6 to allow time to address a quality issue with a vendor-supplied electrical connector on the launch vehicle, which has been resolved.

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