Pegasus XL Launches 8 Satellites to Track Hurricanes

Video Caption: NASA successfully launched eight small satellites that will provide scientists with advanced technology to see inside tropical storms and hurricanes like never before. Called the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), the constellation of eight microsatellite observatories launched Dec. 15 aboard an Orbital ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket was dropped and launched from Orbital’s Stargazer L-1011 aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of central Florida.

  • A_J_Cook

    The launch was today, December 15, not the 12th.

  • Rocketplumber

    Over three minutes of coast between stage 2 cutoff and stage 3 ignition. Holy gravity loss, Batman!