Pegasus Launch will be 43rd Flight for
World s First Commercial Rocket Aboard the Company s Stargazer L-1011
DULLES, Va.Dec. 11, 2016--
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, announced it is prepared to launch the company s
air-launched Pegasus rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from
Cape Canaveral on Monday, December 12 at approximately 8:24 a.m. EST.
Pegasus will be carrying NASA s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite
System (CYGNSS) to study the inner core of tropical cyclones. The data
provided will help scientists and meteorologists better understand and
predict the path of a hurricane.
Live coverage of the mission will be available on NASA Television
starting two hours prior to launch at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
Details about the mission can be viewed at Orbital ATK s mission
Pegasus is the world s first privately developed commercial rocket and
the leading launch system for the deployment of small satellites into
Low-Earth orbit. The Pegasus rocket is launched from beneath Orbital
ATK's Stargazer L-1011 carrier airplane, providing customers with
unparalleled flexibility to operate from virtually anywhere on Earth
with minimal ground support requirements.
As a NASA Category 3 certified launch vehicle, Pegasus is able to launch
NASA s most valuable satellites. The launch was provided through NASA
Launch Services Program (LSP) who acts as a broker, matching spacecraft
with launch vehicles. This will be the first Pegasus mission in 13 years
to launch from Cape Canaveral. The previous 42 Pegasus missions have
been conducted from six separate sites in the U.S., Europe and the
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
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