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Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge




Launch Status: Active


First Cape Canaveral Launch: October 22, 1998


Final Cape Canaveral Launch: Active


Total Number of Cape Canaveral Launches: Active


Vehicles Launched: Pegasus


The L-1011 Stargazer used to launch Pegasus rockets is a modified L-1011 passenger aircraft. It is capable of carrying external payloads up to 52,000 pounds to a maximum altitude of 42,000 feet at an airspeed of Mach 0.82. It features a large cabin for flight test equipment, real-time video monitoring of external payloads, aircraft-generated electrical power, nitrogen purge for temperature and moisture control, launch panel operator station, filtered air conditioning, and satellite-based communications capabilities. The aircraft has the following specifications:


Mission Endurance: 10.5 hours


Ferry Range: 4,500 miles


Maximum Altitude: 42,000 feet


Maximum Speed: Mach 0.86


Payload Maximum Weight: 52,000 pounds


Cabin Floor Width: 18.3 feet


Cabin Ceiling Height: 7.9 feet


Cabin Floor Space: 2,452 square-feet


Aircraft Length: 175 feet


Aircraft Diameter: 19.6 feet


Wingspan: 155.3 feet


Tailfin Length: 71.6 feet






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