Launch of AIM Aboard a Pegasus XL Rocket
December 12, 2012
After a flawless countdown and flight, NASA's AIM spacecraft began its two-year mission to study Earth's highest clouds. The 430-pound satellite's ride into orbit was provided by a Pegasus XL rocket. Built by Orbital Sciences, the Pegasus is a unique vehicle that begins its flight secured to the underbelly of a modified L-1011 passenger jet known as "Stargazer." Once the L-1011 reached an altitude of 39,000 feet, the Pegasus was released for its 10-minute powered flight into space.
Topics: Environment, Space technology, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Disaster Accident, Pegasus 2, Parasite aircraft, Air launch to orbit, Stargazer, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, Explorer program, Pegasus