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Odyssey (TacRL-2)

Pegasus XL

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Odyssey (TacRL-2)

Type: Government/Top Secret
Launch Cost: $40,000,000

Payload for the US Space Force’s Tactically Responsive Launch program. It is a space domain awareness satellite that was procured under the Space Force’s responsive launch program. The spacecraft was built in under a year and the launch provider was given three weeks of notice for the launch.

Location

Vandenberg Space Force Base

Air launch to orbit

50 rockets have launched from Air launch to orbit.

Vandenberg Space Force Base, Air launch to orbit

Rocket

Pegasus XL – Orbital Sciences Corporation

Family: Pegasus
Length: 17.6 m
Diameter: 1.27 m
Launch Mass: 23 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 443 kg

The Pegasus XL was manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation with the first launch on 1994-06-27. Pegasus XL has 28 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 31 launches. 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.

Agency

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: NGSS
Administration: CEO: Kathy Warden
Founded: 2015
Launchers: Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus
Spacecraft: Cygnus
Country: USA

Northrup Grumman Space 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.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

All go.!

RLandon
RLandon
1 year ago

It’s no longer Vandenburg AFB, it’s now Vandenburg Space Force Base.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  RLandon
1 year ago

Thanks, we will get that updated.