APEX

Overview

Destination: Elliptical Orbit
Mission: Planetary Science

Elliptical Orbit Edwards Air Force Base Air launch to orbit

APEX (Advanced Photovoltaic & Electronic Experiment) successfully tested a wide array of advanced photovoltaic and electronic components in a harsh radiation environment, provided significant data to support improved designs for future space systems. During operation, APEX's highly elliptical orbit allowed the investigation of space plasma effects on high-voltage operation (current leakage at positive voltages and arcing at negative voltages) in the perigee region, plus the investigation of space radiation effects (decreased array power output from passage through the inner radiation belt) in the apogee region.

Pegasus

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The Pegasus is an air-launched rocket developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation (now part of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems). Capable of carrying small payloads of up to 443 kilograms (977 lb) into low Earth orbit, the vehicle consists of three solid propellant stages and an optional monopropellant fourth stage. Pegasus is released from its carrier aircraft at approximately 40,000 ft (12,000 m), and its first stage has a wing and a tail to provide lift and attitude control while in the atmosphere.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    16.9 m
  • Diameter
    1.27 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    18 T
  • Thrust
    580 kN
Family
  • Name
    Pegasus
  • Family
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Pegasus
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $40000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    443 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation

(OSC)

Successes: 65 Failures: 7 Pending: 0

Agency Type:

INFO WIKI

Air launch to orbit

Edwards Air Force Base


Electron
Success
2 days, 7 hours ago
Ready, Aim, PREFIRE (PREFIRE 1)
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

First 6U Cubesat carrying a miniaturized IR spectrometer, covering 0- 45 μm at 0.84 μm spectral resolution, operating for one seasonal cycle for NASA…


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 12 hours ago
Starlink Group 6-63
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
4 days, 12 hours ago
Starlink Group 6-62
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
5 days, 7 hours ago
NROL-146
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

First batch of satellites for a reconnaissance satellite constellation built by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman for the National Reconnaissance Office to…


Kuaizhou-11
Success
6 days, 10 hours ago
Wuhan-1 and others
Launch Area 95A - Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Carried 4 satellites to SSO: * Wuhan-1 * Chutian 001 * Tianyan 22 * Lingque-3 01


Long March 2D
Success
1 week ago
Beijing 3C
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Commercial optical Earth observation constellation of 4 satellites for 21AT (Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Company Ltd).


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 1 day ago
NS-25
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, Van Horn, TX, USA

Twenty-fifth flight of New Shepard carrying six passengers.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Starlink Group 6-59
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Kosmos 2576
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Russian military payload of unknown purposes. Hitchhiking Payloads: SITRO-AIS 53-56; Zorkiy-2M-4 & 6


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Starlink Group 8-7
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 20 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.