Rocket Launch: October 26, 2018 4:00 AM EDT | Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL ICONOct 26, 2018 04:00 AM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 40 Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL ICON
The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket. ICON will explore a zone in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet. Radio communications and GPS signals travel in this zone, so variations in the area’s gasses can impact our reliance on technology. ICON will help NASA understand what causes the variations.
ICON, aboard the Pegasus XL rocket, will launch from an in-flight Northrop Grumman L-1011 “Stargazer” aircraft. The aircraft will carry the rocket over the Atlantic Ocean, where it will launch into orbit.
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