Pegasus XL | 8 x CYGNSS

Orbital ATK launch of a Pegasus XL Rocket

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Orbital ATK was scheduled to launch a Pegasus XL rocket as part of the 8 x CYGNSS mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Thu, Dec 15th, 2016, 8:21 AM EST from Cape Canaveral. The status of the launch was Success with a 0% 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.

Mission

8 x CYGNSS

CYGNSS or Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System is a NASA developed system to improve hurricane forecasting. It is a constellation of 8 small observation satellites, 27.5 kg each, that will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds in and near the eye of the storm throughout the lifecycle of tropical cyclones, typhoons & hurricanes.

Location

Cape Canaveral

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.

Orbital Sciences Corporation
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