Event Type: LAUNCH
• Rocket: Pegasus XL
• Mission: NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)
• Launch Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
• Launch Time: 9:30 EDT
• Launch Location: Airborne launch from “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft taking off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Mission Information: An air-launched Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions.