After a perplexing delay of nearly two years, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is poised to launch late Oct. 9 on a Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) Pegasus XL rocket carried aloft by the company’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft from Cape Canaveral. The $252 million, two-year mission will study dynamic interactions between the Earth’s ionosphere and the edge of space that can distort and disrupt radio communications and GPS signal ...

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