Pegasus XL | Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems launch of a Pegasus XL Rocket

Launch Status

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems was scheduled to launch a Pegasus XL rocket as part of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Thu, Oct 10th, 2019, 10:00 PM EDT from Cape Canaveral. The status of the launch was Success with a 70% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Pegasus XL and experience the excitement for yourself.


Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)

Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is a NASA mission to study Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere and the connection between space weather and weather on our planet. Mission is planned to last for two years.


Cape Canaveral

Air launch to orbit


Pegasus XL

The Pegasus is an air-launched rocket developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (now part of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems). Capable of carrying small payloads of up to 443 kilograms (977 lb) into low Earth orbit, the vehicle consists of three solid propellant stages and an optional monopropellant fourth stage. Pegasus is released from its carrier aircraft at approximately 40,000 ft (12,000 m), and its first stage has a wing and a tail to provide lift and attitude control while in the atmosphere.

Orbital Sciences Corporation