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Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE)

Pegasus XL

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Location

Vandenberg Air Force Base

Air launch to orbit

45 rockets have launched from Air launch to orbit.

Vandenberg Air Force Base, 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 Sciences Corporation

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OSC

Country: USA

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