Times (EST) for Events:
- 1/24, 9:00 am Launch Readiness
- 1/24, 11:00 am NASA Press
- 1/25, 2:00 pm NASA Television
- 1/25, 2:12 pm L-1011 takes
- 1/25, 3:14 pm SORCE Launch
- 1/25, 3:14 pm 1st Stage Ignites
- 1/25, 3:15 pm 2nd Stage Ignites
- 1/25, 3:21 pm 3rd Stage Ignites
- 1/25, 3:24 pm Spacecraft Separation
- 1/25, 3:25 pm First signal
- 1/25, 3:45 pm First contact
(high data rate)
- 2/25 Beginning of science
- 3/25 Release of first science
begins with the drop of the Pegasus rocket from the L-1011 over
the Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of 39,000 feet at a location
approximately 100 miles offshore from KSC. After falling a few
seconds, the spacecraft’s engines will power on and lift
it into orbit. Spacecraft separation from the Pegasus occurs approximately
10 minutes after the initial drop. At that time the satellite
will be in an orbit of 400 statute miles at a 40-degree inclination,
orbiting the Earth 15 times each day.
Reminder – For those interested in viewing the live coverage
of the launch on the internet, NASA TV is serviced by several
World Wide Web sources. To find out what internet companies are
covering NASA TV, go to:
for a listing of the web sources. If you do not have Real Player,
the best web source for viewing NASA TV is NASA Spaceflight Web.
They use Windows Media Player, which is installed on most Windows-based
PCs and is free of charge. The website is http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/index.html.
The SORCE website is also an excellent source for the information
you need – http://lasp.colorado.edu/sorce.