NASA to Broadcast Launch of Mission to Study Frontier of Space

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is attached to the Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket inside Building 1555 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 10, 2019.
Credits: NASA/Randy Beaudoin

NASAs Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is scheduled to be air-launched over the Atlantic Ocean at 9:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 9, by Northrop Grummans Pegasus XL rocket. Coverage of the prelaunch briefing and launch will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website.

ICON and Pegasus will take off aboard the companys L-1011 Stargazer aircraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for a 90-minute launch window opening at 9:25 p.m.

NASA TV coverage is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 8

  • 1 p.m. Mission briefing from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Participants will include:
    • Nicola Fox, Heliophysics division director in NASAs Science Mission Directorate
    • Thomas Immel, ICON principal investigator at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California Berkeley
    • Omar Baez, launch director in NASAs Launch Services Program
    • Phil Joyce, vice president of space launch programs at Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
    • Steve Krein, vice president of civil and commercial satellites at Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
    • Representative from the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing

Wednesday, Oct. 9

  • 9:15 p.m. Launch coverage begins
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