Pegasus-XL Boosts NASA's IRIS Sun-Watcher into Orbit

 

The Lockheed L-1011 aircraft departs Runway 12/30 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 6:27 p.m. PDT (9:27 p.m. EDT) on 27 June 2013. Almost an hour later, after reaching its required deployment position, Pegasus-XL was air-launched to begin its mission of deploying NASA’s IRIS solar observatory. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher […]