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View of NASA's CYGNSS Hurricane Mission Launch From Chase Plane

Hurricane forecasters now have a new tool to better understand and forecast storm intensity. A constellation of eight microsatellites, called NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission, or CYGNSS, got a boost into Earth orbit on Dec. 15, 2016, aboard an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket. The unique, air-launched vehicle was carried aloft by Orbital’s modified L-1011 aircraft, “Stargazer,” which took off from the Skid Strip runway at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and deployed the three-stage Pegasus XL rocket at a predetermined drop point 39,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and about 110 nautical miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach. NASA’s F-18 support aircraft was used to provide live coverage of the Orbital ATK L-1011 air-launch of its Pegasus XL rocket carrying CYGNSS. This photo was taken by Armstrong videographer, Lori Losey, as the AFRC F-18 chased Orbital’s L-1011 carrier aircraft.

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Uploaded: 27th May 2019
Dimensions: 3840x2160 (4K UltraHD)
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