ICON’s mission to the ionosphere begins with beautiful fall launch

At 9:59 p.m. EDT this evening, Thursday, Oct. 10, NASA launched the Ionospheric Connection, or ICON, mission, putting into orbit a satellite built largely at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory to explore the dynamic region where Earth meets space, the ionosphere. The mission is the first dedicated to studying how terrestrial weather can help drive
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NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space

After successfully launching Thursday night, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. A Northrop Grumman Stargazer L-1011 aircraft took off at 8:31 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air
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Watch live coverage on Thursday Oct 10, beginning at 6:15 pm Pacific (9:15 pm Eastern)

NASA TV coverage of ICON launch. Launch is targeted at 6:30 pm Pacific, during the 90-minute launch window opening at 6:25 pm Pacific. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will study the frontier of space: the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet.  ICON will launch from Cape Canaveral Air
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Live coverage: NASA satellite to ride air-launched Pegasus to orbit Wednesday night Oct 9

10/09/2019 05:37 The latest official weather forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron continues to predict a 70 percent probability of unfavorable weather for launch this evening. “A weak surface trough continues to affect the Florida peninsula this morning,” the range weather team wrote in this morning’s forecast. “It will move slowly
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Air-launched rocket arrives at Cape Canaveral for ICON satellite delivery mission

As of October 1st, a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket is back at Cape Canaveral after a cross-country ferry flight Tuesday under an L-1011 carrier jet, ready for final checkouts and a countdown dress rehearsal before an airborne launch off Florida’s east coast Oct. 9 with NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite. The L-1011 carries jet,
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