Pegasus XL | Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Pegasus XL Rocket

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Orbital Sciences Corporation was scheduled to launch a Pegasus XL rocket as part of the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission. The launch window for the Astrophysics mission was on Wed, Jun 13th, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT from Kwajalein Atoll. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Pegasus XL and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)

Designed to image high-energy X-ray radiation, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is tasked with surveying regions surrounding the center of own Milky Way Galaxy and performing deep observations of the extragalactic sky, studying black holes and supernovas.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Kwajalein Atoll

Air launch to orbit

Rocket

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.

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