“Sometimes you only get a box of band aids and rubberbands. That was the case here.”

It was an interesting launch of the ICON spacecraft the week of October 9th, here at the Space Sciences Lab. During a “normal” launch, there are many things that all need to line up, such as, Observatory (ICON), Rocket (Pegasus), Plane (Stargazer L-1011), Eastern Test Range (Tracking), Weather, and of course our Mission Operations Center (MOC). Here are 2 different articles on some of the challenges that came up and that were solved here to keep the launch on track. This one from the The Mercury News How PG&E’s power shutdown threatened a NASA mission and This one from Wired magazine UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power