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8 x CYGNSS

Pegasus XL

Orbital ATK

Launch Status
Success

Mission

8 x CYGNSS

Type: Earth Science

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

45 rockets have launched from Air launch to orbit.

Cape Canaveral, Air launch to orbit

Rocket

Pegasus XL

Length: 17.6 meters
Diameter: 1.27 meters
First Launch: June 27, 1994

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.

The Pegasus XL rocket has been launched a total of 29 times with 26 successful and 3 failed launches.

Agency

Orbital ATK

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OA
Administration: David W. Thompson
Founded: 2015
Launchers: Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus

Country: USA

Orbital ATK Inc. is an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company. It was formed in 2015 from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corporation and parts of Alliant Techsystems. Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. 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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