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

By  //  October 10, 2019

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

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

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.

Coverage will start around 9:15 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.

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.

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