Long-delayed NASA science satellite gets October launch date

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The launch of a NASA ionospheric research satellite off Florida’s east coast is targeted for Oct. 10 after persistent technical problems with its air-dropped Pegasus rocket stymied two launch opportunities last year.

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The first steps were expected to include electrically and mechanically connecting the 634-pound (288-kilogram) ICON spacecraft to the front end of its Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL launcher inside Building 1555 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

In the coming weeks, ground teams inside Building 1555 will encapsulate the satellite inside the Pegasus nose fairing and ready the solid-fueled rocket for rollout to meet an L-1011 carrier jet at the Vandenberg airfield. Videos for Long-delayed NASA Science Satellite Gets 3:38NASA satellite spots a mysterious green light that quickly disappearedYouTube Technicians will bolt the Pegasus under the belly of the L-1011 jet, which will ferry the rocket on a cross-country flight to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Oct. 1, according to NASA.

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Long-Delayed Space Mission Finally Rescheduled By NASA

After getting delayed for a very long time due to unexpected problems, a NASA space science mission finally gets the green light from the space agency, and is now set to be launched in October, nearly two years after its supposed original fly date.

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In a statement released by NASA on Monday, the space agency has revealed that the delayed Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is now being targeted for an October 10 launch. Long-delayed NASA science satellite gets October launch ... NASA science satellite gets October launch date by admin | Posted on September 10, 2019 Technicians extend the solar array on NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite during a deployment test Aug. 10 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Per NASA, come October 1, the’launch vehicle and satellite will be ferried from California to Florida on Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 carrier aircraft.

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Publisher: Medical Daily
Date: 2019-09-11T03:51:14-04:00
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NASA reschedules long-delayed space science mission

PARIS ‘ A NASA space science mission grounded for nearly two years by problems with its Pegasus rocket is now set to launch in October amid questions about the future of that rocket.

In a statement distributed Sept. 9, NASA said it was now targeting an Oct. 10 launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch vehicle and satellite will be ferried from California to Florida on Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 carrier aircraft Oct. 1.

ICON was originally scheduled to launch in late 2017 from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific, a launch that then slipped to June 2018 because of issues with the rocket’s separation system. NASA reschedules long-delayed space science mission ... reschedules long-delayed space science mission by Jeff Foust — September 10, 2019. ... has suffered technical problems that has delayed the launch of a NASA satellite since late 2017 ... While en route to Kwajalein for the June 2018 launch, engineers detected ‘off-nominal’ data from the rocket, prompting a return to California.

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Date: 2019-09-10T09:57:58+00:00
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Editors’ note: This is part of the Op-Eds From the Future series, in which science fiction authors, futurists, philosophers and scientists write Op-Eds that they imagine we might read 10, 20 or even 100 years from now. The challenges they predict are imaginary ‘ for now ‘ but their arguments illuminate the urgent questions of today and prepare us for tomorrow. Long-Delayed Space Mission Finally Rescheduled By NASA Space Mission Finally Rescheduled By NASA Sep 11, 2019 03:51 AM By Jan Cortes After getting delayed for a very long time due to unexpected problems, a NASA space science mission finally gets the green light from the space agency, and is now set to be launched in October, nearly two years after its supposed original fly date. The opinion piece below is a work of fiction.

The industrialization of the inner solar system has been an economic and environmental boon for Earth, ending our dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power. NASA reschedules long-delayed space science mission ... — A NASA space science mission grounded for nearly two years by problems with its Pegasus rocket is now set to launch in October amid questions about the future of that rocket. In a statement distributed Sept. 9, NASA said it was now targeting an Oct. 10 launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) […] Today, orbital solar farms beam down cheap, zero-emission energy to power our cities day and night. Carbon dioxide levels dropped below 400 parts per million for the first time in a century, beginning the long road to recovery for ecosystems ravaged by decades of degradation and abuse.


Date: 2019-09-09T15:00:05.000Z
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Warm, wet summer could delay Upstate NY fall colors

Syracuse, N.Y. — Upstate New York’s relatively warm and wet summer could mean later fall colors this year.

‘The summer has had really good growing conditions,’ said Don Leopold, a botany professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse. ‘What that usually means is that fall colors are a little delayed.’

While summer conditions can affect the timing of colors, Leopod said the fall weather plays a bigger role.

‘How it plays out depends more on the conditions in September and October than the conditions leading up to them,’ said Leopold, who has written a book on fall colors in the Northeast. ‘It depends on the temperatures over the next five to eight weeks. If it’s dry and cool, (colors) will be early.’

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Date: 2019-09-04T18:57:37.000Z
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