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Pegasus XL | ICON

Launch Time
NET May, 2019

Launch Vehicle

Pegasus XL
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: 1.27 m



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