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Rocket Launch: TBD | Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL ICON

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL ICON

MISSION

The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket. ICON will explore a zone in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet. Radio communications and GPS signals travel in this zone, so variations in the area’s gasses can impact our reliance on technology. ICON will help NASA understand what causes the variations.

ICON, aboard the Pegasus XL rocket, will launch from an in-flight Northrop Grumman L-1011 “Stargazer” aircraft. The aircraft will carry the rocket over the Atlantic Ocean, where it will launch into orbit.


LAUNCH VIEWING

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches, as well as launch commentary, bleacher seating and access to visitor complex exhibits and attractions. Witness liftoff from the main visitor complex (included with daily admission), or from viewing locations through NASA’s gates with a Launch Transportation Ticket (LTT), which may be purchased in addition to daily admission.

Currently, no main visitor complex viewing or Launch Transportation Tickets (LTTs) are available for this launch. If launch transportation and viewing opportunities later become available:

  • Launch Transportation Tickets (LTTs) may be purchased online under the VIP Launch Viewing tab on the ticket page if/when tickets are available. Remember to purchase daily admission as well.
  • If LTTs are offered, tickets are sold as soon as possible after a confirmed date and time is announced.
  • Rocket launch viewing locations are only accessible from inside the visitor complex with daily admission and a LTT, if applicable. In order to use LTTs, guests must also purchase a daily admission ticket or an annual pass. Those with an LTT are transported by Kennedy Space Center buses from the main visitor complex to the available viewing areas that are located beyond NASA’s gates. Main visitor complex viewing does not require bus transportation.
  • Some special launches require advanced purchase of a viewing package that includes admission. Pre-purchased daily admission tickets and annual passes are not valid for separately priced special launches.
  • Launch Transportation Tickets are date and mission specific, and are not valid for other launches.

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Availability of upcoming viewing opportunities is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and  U.S. Air Force approval. Launch date, time and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues, as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute.

The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket. ICON will explore a zone in our atmosphere where Earth weather and space weather meet.

Rocket Launch: TBD | Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL ICON

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Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft

Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft is on the runway after touching down at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip on Oct. 19, 2018. The company’s Pegasus XL rocket, containing NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite is attached beneath the aircraft.
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