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Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Astrophysics

Low Earth Orbit Kwajalein Atoll Air launch to orbit

Designed to image high-energy X-ray radiation, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is tasked with surveying regions surrounding the center of own Milky Way Galaxy and performing deep observations of the extragalactic sky, studying black holes and supernovas.

Pegasus XL

Family: Pegasus
Configuration:

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
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    17.6 m
  • Diameter
    1.27 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    23 T
  • Thrust
    580 kN
Family
  • Name
    Pegasus XL
  • Family
    Pegasus
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Pegasus XL
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: Commercial

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Air launch to orbit

Kwajalein Atoll


Firefly Alpha
Success
6 hours, 49 minutes ago
FLTA002 (To The Black)
Space Launch Complex 2W - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Second test flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace.


Long March 6
Success
4 days, 14 hours ago
Shiyan 16 A/B & Shiyan 17
Launch Complex 16 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese classified satellites


Long March 2D
Success
5 days ago
Yaogan 36
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 Chinese military reconnaissance satellites.


Falcon 9
Success
6 days, 14 hours ago
Starlink Group 4-35
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Kuaizhou
Success
6 days, 14 hours ago
Shiyan 14 & Shiyan 15
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

2 Chinese classified satellites.


Delta IV Heavy
Success
6 days, 15 hours ago
NROL-91
Space Launch Complex 6 - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).


Soyuz 2.1a
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Soyuz MS-22
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Yunhai-1-03
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

The Yunhai-1 satellite is designed for detecting environmental elements in the atmosphere and ocean, the space environment, disaster prevention and r…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Starlink Group 4-34
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 54 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Electron
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
The Owl Spreads Its Wings
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Second of three launches of a StriX satellite as part of Synspective’s SAR constellation. StriX-1 can gather high resolution Earth observation data r…