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Status

Success

ICON

Launch Time
Fri Oct 11, 2019 01:59 UTC

Rocket

Pegasus XL
Northrop
Status: Active
Price: $40.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 561 kN
Payload to LEO: 443 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 17.6 m
Fairing Diameter: 1.15 m
Fairing Height: 2.13 m

Mission Details

ICON

The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is a satellite designed to investigate changes in the Earth's ionosphere. ICON will study the interaction between Earth's weather systems and space weather driven by the Sun, and how this interaction drives turbulence in the upper atmosphere. It is hoped that a better understanding of this dynamic will mitigate its effects on communications, GPS signals, and technology in general.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 291 kg
Low Earth Orbit

Location

Stats

2019

74th orbital launch attempt

Pegasus

44th mission
39th successful mission
30th consecutive successful mission