Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL Rocket Set For Air-Launch From Cape Canaveral On Wednesday

By  //  October 9, 2019

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aircraft leaves Cape Canaveral at 9:25 p.m.

Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL rocket is scheduled for air-launch on Wednesday where it will launch from Cape Canaveral. (NASA Kennedy Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL rocket is scheduled for air-launch on Wednesday where it will launch from Cape Canaveral.

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 around 9:30 p.m.

The aircraft carrying the rocket will leave Cape Canaveral at 9:25 p.m.

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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