HOUSTON—NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission satellite was successfully launched late Oct. 10 aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket carried aloft by the company’s L1011 Stargazer aircraft. ICON was released at an altitude of about 40,000 ft. over the Atlantic Ocean east of Daytona Beach, Florida. A temporary loss of communication between the NASA launch team and the Stargazer crew minutes before the initial planned drop at 9:30 p.m. EDT prompted a ...


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