1850-EX-ST-2018QuoteThis STA is necessary to authorize radio transmission of data to and from the ThinSat satellites. This STA is necessary to replace STA 1063-EX-ST-2018, because the launch has been slipped from NG-10 to NG-11, as part of the rescheduling of launches due to the recent Soyuz launch failure. All orbit and lifetime parameters remain the same as for the original STA, but the launch date will be NET March 1 2019, current expected date April 17, 2019.
This STA is necessary to authorize radio transmission of data to and from the ThinSat satellites. This STA is necessary to replace STA 1063-EX-ST-2018, because the launch has been slipped from NG-10 to NG-11, as part of the rescheduling of launches due to the recent Soyuz launch failure. All orbit and lifetime parameters remain the same as for the original STA, but the launch date will be NET March 1 2019, current expected date April 17, 2019.
NASA, Northrop Grumman Reviewing Flight Test DataPosted Oct 30, 2018 at 1:31 pm on ICON MissionNASA and Northrop Grumman completed a test flight of the L-1011 Stargazer aircraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, Oct. 28. Carrying Pegasus and NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON), the 4-hour, 45-minute flight tested the aircraft’s systems prior to launch.A new launch date for the ICON mission will be determined after the team finishes processing and reviewing the data.
October 31, 2018 MEDIA ADVISORY M18-161NASA Invites Media to 16th SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station Media accreditation now is open for the targeted Dec. 4 SpaceX launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida to deliver supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station.A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is planned to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:38 p.m. EST on the company’s 16th Commercial Resupply Services contract mission.<snip>
NASA and Northrop Grumman continue to prepare for the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) launch and review data from Sunday’s flight test and post flight testing. Currently, there is availability on the Eastern Range from Nov. 3-8. A launch date will be determined once the data review is complete.For a launch on Nov. 3, the 90-minute launch window would open at 4 a.m. EDT. Due to daylight saving time ending on Sunday, Nov. 4, the launch window would open at 3 a.m. EST from Nov. 4 – 8.
Or, a Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch the first Block III GPS satellite on December 15 at about 9:24am EST. The launch window stretches to about 9:50am EST.
The ICON satellite mission is expected to launch no earlier than Wednesday, Nov. 7 with a 90-minute launch window opening at 3 a.m. EST. Release from the Stargazer is anticipated for 3:05 a.m.
This STA replaces STA 1018-EX-ST-2018, which was granted October 3, 2018.SASSI2 has been remanifested to launch on NG-11 instead of NG-10. The only change is that the launch will occur later; all of the orbit parameters, lifetime and technical parameters of the spacecraft and mission remain unchanged from those granted in the original STA.The decision to move to NG-11 was part of the change of launch schedules to respond to the recent Soyuz failure.
The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral will launch the Es'Hail-2 communication satellite for Qatar, from pad 39A, on November 15 at the earliest, at 3:46pm EST. The launch window stretches to 5:27pm EST.
NASA and Northrop Grumman completed their Launch Readiness Review on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There are no technical issues being worked at this time. NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite mission is scheduled to launch Wednesday, Nov. 7, by Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL rocket, which will be carried aloft by the company’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft taking off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The 90-minute launch window opens at 3 a.m. EST, with a targeted release at 3:05 a.m. Ignition of the Pegasus XL rocket occurs five seconds after release from the Stargazer.The official weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance for favorable conditions for launch. The primary launch weather concerns are cumulous clouds
The next Delta 4 launch from Cape Canaveral, a Delta 4 medium on its next to last flight, will launch WGS-10 for the US Air Force on January 23 at 6:40pm EST. The launch window stretches to 7:35pm EST.
The launch of NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL Rocket has scrubbed for today. The next launch opportunity will be Thursday, Nov. 8.
11/08/2018 03:37NASA and Northrop Grumman are not expected to attempt a launch of the Pegasus rocket Thursday, as officials continue evaluating pesky problems plaguing the launcher after an aborted try to send NASA's ICON ionospheric probe into orbit early this morning.A new launch date has not been determined, but the availability of the Air Force's Eastern Range to support the mission is in question the next few days.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for a static fire attempt at the Kennedy Space Center as soon as Sunday, followed by a launch no earlier than Nov. 15 carrying a commercial communications satellite.That mission, coupled with other maintenance activity on the range, could be problematic for NASA and Northrop Grumman managers to find an opening for a launch attempt in the coming days, assuming the Pegasus is cleared for flight.
In late October, the company raised $70 million, money that will help Vector build a fleet of rockets that they can start to rent after Vector’s first orbital launch, which Cantrell says should happen in early 2019....PM: Well, you know, a guy's got to have some dreams after all! So when’s Vector’s first orbital launch?JC: We think the likely date is probably after the New Year. We think the given delivery, late deliveries of some supplier pieces, and some software issues and some other things, we're gonna miss the last boat to Alaska for the end of the year. There's barges that go up there. To get our mobile launch system, which we're testing, to here up there it has to be on a barge by a certain date. So we're sort of asking the question, you know, if we hurry up and get that are we better off just leaving it here and doing some more testing? So we're kind of leaning toward that. My gut sense is January is when they'll fly. It could flip into February, but I don't see it going past that.
On October 24th, the team at Virgin Orbit attached Launcher One to Cosmic Girl at Long Beach Airport, and the launch system came one step closer to its maiden flight sometime next year.
22 October 2018Completion of Pearls Critical Design Review Construction and integration phasecommencesHighlights • SAS has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (“CDR”) for its Pearl nanosatellites, immediately progressing the project to the construction and integration phase.• Significant milestone reached as all hardware and software requirements presented by leading aerospace construction partners, GomSpace and approved by SAS.• First launch of the ‘Pearls’ remains on track for 2019, with successive launches to proceed in the following quarters until the entire constellation of ~200 Pearls is in orbit in 2020.