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  • Orbital ATK Pegasus launches CYGNSS hurricane-watching satellites

    Bart LeahyDecember 15th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Most space launches from the Sunshine State can be seen by thousands or even millions of people. However, at 8:37 a.m. EST (13:37 GMT) Dec. 15, Orbital ATK launched a Pegasus XL rocket by air-dropping it from a modified Lockheed-Martin L-1011 Stargazer aircraft about 100 miles off the coast of Florida.

  • ‘Flight parameter’ issue delays Pegasus launch – UPDATE

    Derek RichardsonDecember 14th, 2016

    Orbital ATK has postponed Wednesday’s planned launch of their air-dropped Pegasus rocket with NASA’s CYGNSS mission. An issue with flight parameter data used by spacecraft software was discovered during a routine test on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.

  • Technical problem delays CYGNSS launch – UPDATE

    Bart LeahyDecember 12th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After reaching altitude and avoiding inclement weather, a problem with a hydraulic pump ultimately caused a scrub for today's Pegasus XL launch to carry the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) satellite constellation into orbit.

  • NASA, Orbital ATK preparing to launch GPS-powered CYGNSS satellites

    Bart LeahyDecember 10th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An Orbital ATK Pegasus XL air-launched rocket will send the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), a set of eight microsatellites, into orbit at 8:19 a.m. EST (13:19 GMT) Dec. 12, 2016, off the coast from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The satellites will use GPS signals both to determine their location and to observe tropical cyclones.

  • December shaping up to be a busy month for rocket flights

    Joe LatrellDecember 2nd, 2016

    December is shaping up to be a very busy launch month for the U.S. On the East Coast, three different satellites are expected to take to the skies, providing improved services and weather monitoring. Additionally, on the West Coast, SpaceX hopes to fly their Falcon 9 after being grounded for over three months.

  • CYGNSS set for air-launch on Pegasus rocket from L-1011

    Bart LeahyNovember 11th, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A constellation of small spacecraft tasked with conducting Earth science, as well as monitoring hurricanes, is set to be launched on Dec. 12, 2016, from an Orbital ATK Pegasus rocket from a specially-modified L-1011 aircraft.