-- Company's Small Launch Vehicle to
Pegasus has been the workhorse of the small-class launch market for
reliable missions to orbit for over two decades, with its last 28
consecutive missions fully successful over a 16-year period, said Mr.
CYGNSS will produce measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the
life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes, which could help lead to
better forecasting of severe weather on Earth. The mission, led by the
About the Pegasus Rocket
Pegasus is the world s leading launch system for the deployment of small satellites into low-Earth orbit. Its patented air-launch system, in which the rocket is launched from beneath Orbital s Stargazer L-1011 carrier aircraft over the ocean, reduces cost and provides customers with unparalleled flexibility to operate from virtually anywhere on Earth with minimal ground support requirements. The CYGNSS mission will be the 43rd Pegasus space launch since its introduction in 1990, and will mark a total of 93 satellites launched by the rocket. It remains the world s only small space launch vehicle that is certified to NASA s Payload Risk Category 3, which the space agency reserves for its highest-value space missions.
Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and
space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.
The company s primary products are satellites and launch vehicles,
including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary
exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific
and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar
and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver
satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as
interceptor and target vehicles. Orbital also provides satellite
subsystems and space-related technical services to
Orbital Sciences Corporation
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