ST-5 FWD

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Test Flight

Low Earth Orbit Vandenberg Space Force Base Air launch to orbit

NASA's three micro-sats were launched to test and validate new technologies for future science missions. ST5's objective was to demonstrate and flight qualify several innovative technologies and concepts for application to future space missions.

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
    $40M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    443 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation

(OSC)

Successes: 67 Failures: 6 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

INFO WIKI

Air launch to orbit

Vandenberg Space Force Base


Atlas V 401
Success
4 days, 14 hours ago
Lucy
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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Long March 2
Success
5 days, 7 hours ago
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Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Long March 2D
Success
6 days, 13 hours ago
Xihe (CHASE)
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

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Soyuz 2.1b
Success
6 days, 14 hours ago
OneWeb 11
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New Shepard
Success
1 week ago
NS-18
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Soyuz 2.1a
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Soyuz MS-19
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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Atlas V 401
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Landsat 9
Space Launch Complex 3E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

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Long March 3
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Shiyan 10
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Classified test satellite which suffered an anomaly during launch. The launch vehicle has not been confirmed to be responsible for the failure.


Kuaizhou
Success
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Jilin-1-02D
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Long March 7
Success
1 month ago
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Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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