NASA is inviting media to view NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft Thursday, October 4, ahead of its scheduled launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket Saturday, October 6, at 4 AM EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
ICON will study Earth’s ionosphere to help determine the physical process at play in this frontier of space where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather from above and pave the way for mitigating its effects on our technology and society.
Media will be able to interview ICON team members, see the rocket, and tour Northrop Grumman’s L-1011 “Stargazer” aircraft that will carry the rocket over the Atlantic Ocean, where it will detach and carry ICON into orbit.
Media prelaunch activities will take place at CCAFS and neighbouring NASA Kennedy Space Center. Credentialing deadlines are as follows:
Media who are US citizens must apply by 4:30 PM. Friday, September 27.
Media who are not US citizens must apply by noon Tuesday, September 4, for access to CCAFS; or by 4:30 PM. Friday, September 14, for access to Kennedy media activities only.