Pegasus XL
8 x CYGNSS

Pegasus XL | 8 x CYGNSS

Orbital ATK launch of a Pegasus XL Rocket

Watch Launch Video 1   |   Video 2

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

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Cape Canaveral

Air launch to orbit

Rocket

Pegasus XL

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

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