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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #20 on: 11/28/2016 11:27 AM »
The inclination is given as 35°, but when will we know the launch profile?  Local media is covering this as one of 3 CCAFS launches next month, but how far out will Stargazer be at release?

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #21 on: 11/28/2016 11:32 PM »
November 28, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-137

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Hurricane Microsatellites Launch

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, currently scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12.

CYGNSS will launch aboard an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket to be deployed from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 carrier aircraft, which will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. Once airborne, the Pegasus rocket will launch over the Atlantic Ocean, about 126 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida. The 90-minute launch window opens at 8:19 a.m. EST.

The CYGNSS constellation consists of eight microsatellite observatories that will measure the surface winds in and near a hurricane’s inner core, including regions beneath the eye wall and intense inner rain bands that previously could not be measured from space.

Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at CCAFS and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, adjacent to Cape Canaveral. The deadline for U.S. news media to apply for access is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. The deadline for international news media has passed.

All media accreditation requests should be submitted online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Media representatives must present two forms of unexpired government identification to receive their media credentials. One form must include a photo, such as a passport or driver’s license. Questions about accreditation may be addressed to Jennifer Horner at [email protected] or 321-867-6598. For other questions or additional information, you may contact Kennedy’s newsroom at 321-867-2468.

The NASA Launch Services Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for spacecraft integration and launch management. Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, provides the Pegasus XL launch service to NASA. The agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is responsible for the mission management of CYGNSS in collaboration with Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

For more information about the CYGNSS Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/cygnss

-end-
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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #22 on: 11/29/2016 08:24 PM »
The L-1011 should be heading to VAFB soon for launcher integration ahead of the launchers ferry flight to CCAFS for its launch from the L-1011.

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #23 on: 11/30/2016 08:08 PM »
At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket is transported from the hangar at Building 1555 to be mated to L-1011 carrier aircraft near Vandenberg's runway. On board Pegasus are eight NASA Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS, spacecraft. When preparations are competed at Vandenberg, the L-1011/Pegasus XL combination will be flown to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Dec. 12, 2016, the carrier aircraft is scheduled to take off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and CYGNSS will launch on the Pegasus XL rocket with the L-1011 flying off shore. CYGNSS satellites will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The data that CYGNSS provides will enable scientists to probe key air-sea interaction processes that take place near the core of storms, which are rapidly changing and play a critical role in the beginning and intensification of hurricanes.

Photo credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #24 on: 12/02/2016 02:29 PM »
Orbital ATK's Stargazer L-1011 and Pegasus rocket begin ferry flight from Vandenberg ahead of Dec 12 mission. https://www.facebook.com/OrbitalATK/

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #25 on: 12/02/2016 03:45 PM »
Track the flight here: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N140SC/history/20161202/1445Z/KVBG/KXMR

Estimated landing at Cape Canaveral is 3:16 PM EST

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #26 on: 12/02/2016 04:52 PM »
Two more photos from facebook

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #27 on: 12/02/2016 07:41 PM »
NASA:

The launch of NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft is scheduled for 8:24 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 12. News briefings, live launch commentary, photo opportunities and other media events will be held at nearby NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

During the one-hour window, which opens at 8:19 a.m., CYGNSS will take off aboard an Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vehicle. The rocket is scheduled for deployment over the Atlantic Ocean from Orbital’s L-1011 carrier aircraft.

CYGNSS will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the lifecycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The CYGNSS constellation consists of eight microsatellite observatories that will measure surface winds in and near a hurricane’s inner core, including regions beneath the eyewall and intense inner rainbands that previously could not be measured from space.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Social Media Event:

Kennedy will be hosting a Facebook Live event at noon from the Skid Strip runway at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Briefers will highlight both the science involved in the CYGNSS mission, as well as the L-1011 aircraft and the Pegasus rocket, and participants will get a view inside the airplane. The event will stream live on Kennedy’s Facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy

NASA TV:

For all media briefings, reporters may ask questions by calling the Kennedy newsroom at 321-867-2468 no later than 15 minutes before briefings begin. Media also can ask questions via Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.

1 p.m. – Prelaunch news conference at the Kennedy Press Site

Briefing participants are:

    Christine Bonniksen, CYGNSS program executive in the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
    Tim Dunn, launch director at Kennedy
    Bryan Baldwin, Pegasus launch vehicle program manager with Orbital ATK
    John Scherrer, CYGNSS project manager at the Southwest Research Institute
    Mike Rehbein, launch weather officer with the 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral

1:45 p.m. – CYGNSS Mission Science Briefing

Briefing participants include:

    Chris Ruf, CYGNSS principal investigator with the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan
    Aaron Ridley, CYGNSS constellation scientist with the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan
    Mary Morris, doctoral student with the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan

Monday, Dec. 12

NASA TV:

5:45 a.m. – Prelaunch program by NASA EDGE

6:45 a.m. – Launch coverage and commentary begins

Live coverage also will be available on social media at:

 http://www.twitter.com/NASAKennedy

https://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy

Live countdown coverage on NASA's Launch Blog begins at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 12. Coverage features live updates as countdown milestones occur, as well as video clips highlighting launch preparations and the flight. For NASA’s Launch Blog, visit:

http://blogs.nasa.gov/cygnss

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #28 on: 12/03/2016 05:19 AM »
Track the flight here: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N140SC/history/20161202/1445Z/KVBG/KXMR

Sorry for the naive question but ... what was the pilot doing before landing? Testing wind conditions?
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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #29 on: 12/03/2016 11:28 AM »

Sorry for the naive question but ... what was the pilot doing before landing? Testing wind conditions?

Practiced the launch flight pattern
« Last Edit: 12/03/2016 11:28 AM by Jim »

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #30 on: 12/03/2016 11:48 AM »
XF037 - is it some kind of serial number of Pegasus-XL rocket?

Launched in June 2013 had XF036, in June 2012 - XF035.

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #31 on: 12/04/2016 12:31 AM »
XF037 - is it some kind of serial number of Pegasus-XL rocket?

Launched in June 2013 had XF036, in June 2012 - XF035.
I believe that its the XL flight tail number pertaining to this version of the launcher which includes the Pegasus hybrids and if it includes the suborbital flights it matches this flights number.
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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #32 on: 12/04/2016 06:18 AM »
The second stage for CYGNSS mission has a number XS050. So probably XF037 is a number of the first stage. I.e. X = XL, F = first stage, S = second stage.

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #33 on: 12/04/2016 06:38 PM »
The second stage for CYGNSS mission has a number XS050. So probably XF037 is a number of the first stage. I.e. X = XL, F = first stage, S = second stage.
yes as I've now forund XTxxx serial on the third stage integration picture on a previous flight

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #34 on: 12/04/2016 07:22 PM »
The second stage for CYGNSS mission has a number XS050. So probably XF037 is a number of the first stage. I.e. X = XL, F = first stage, S = second stage.
on the last Standard flight the First Stage had SF before the number

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #35 on: 12/04/2016 08:40 PM »
on the last Standard flight the First Stage had SF before the number

The earliest Pegasus flight that had s/n onboard was C/NOFS. There were not s/n on stages before C/NOFS. At least, I have not seen s/n on them.

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #36 on: 12/06/2016 01:49 PM »
NASA Edge and Discovery channel Mighty planes are doing documentary for this launch

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #37 on: 12/07/2016 01:10 PM »
A sign just inside the gate to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida notes that in seven days a Pegasus XL rocket is scheduled to launch with eight agency Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS, spacecraft. On Dec. 12, 2016, the Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer, with a Pegasus XL rocket mated to the underside of the aircraft, will take off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. CYGNSS will launch on the Pegasus XL rocket with the L-1011 flying off shore. CYGNSS satellites will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The data that CYGNSS provides will help scientists to probe key air-sea interaction processes that take place near the core of storms, which are rapidly changing and play a crucial role in the beginning and intensification of hurricanes.

Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #38 on: 12/07/2016 08:03 PM »
Short video of arrival.

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Re: Pegasus XL - CYGNSS - December 12, 2016 - CCAFS
« Reply #39 on: 12/09/2016 07:20 PM »
Forecast Worsens to 40 Percent ‘Go’
Posted on December 9, 2016 at 9:24 am by Steven Siceloff.

A revised forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts deteriorating conditions and a 40 percent chance of favorable weather for the launch of NASA’s CYGNSS spacecraft. Launch is scheduled for 8:24 a.m. EST Monday, Dec. 12 aboard an Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vhicle, seen on the right beneath the L-1011 aircraft called “Stargazer” that will carry the rocket to a deployment altitude about 39,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

The primary concerns are for precipitation, lightning and Cumulus clouds. The rocket is scheduled for deployment over the Atlantic Ocean from Orbital’s L-1011 carrier aircraft, seen above with the Pegasus underneath.

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will host a Facebook Live event at noon on Saturday from the Skid Strip runway at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Briefers will highlight the science involved in the CYGNSS mission, the L-1011 aircraft and the Pegasus rocket, and participants will get a view inside the airplane. The event will stream live on Kennedy’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy

Managers from NASA and Orbital ATK will hold a final Launch Readiness Review Saturday morning, followed by two news conferences. The Prelaunch News Conference will be at 1 p.m., followed by the CYGNSS Mission Science Briefing at 1:45 p.m. Both will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

CYGNSS will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the lifecycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The CYGNSS constellation consists of eight microsatellite observatories that will measure surface winds in and near a hurricane’s inner core, including regions beneath the eyewall and intense inner rainbands that previously could not be measured from space. For more information about NASA’s CYGNSS mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/cygnss


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