Pegasus rocket launches C/NOFS satellite
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
C/NOFS, which stands for Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System, will investigate and forecast scintillations in the Earth's ionosphere, which are responsible for degradation of signals from navigation and communications satellites. It was originally scheduled to launch in 2003, but owing to a string of delays, it was finally launched at 17:01 GMT today. It will be operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Space Test Program offices of the United States Air Force.
The launch was conducted by Orbital Sciences Corporation. It is the first launch of a Pegasus rocket in almost a year. The next Pegasus is scheduled to launch in July, with NASA's IBEX satellite. The launch of C/NOFS is the 17th launch to orbit this year and the 39th orbital Pegasus launch.
- "Pegasus Mission #39: C/NOFS" — , April 16, 2008
- "Satellite launched to forecast communication outages" — , April 16, 2008
- Barron Beneski. "Orbital Successfully Launches Pegasus Rocket Carrying U.S. Air Force’s C/NOFS Satellite" — , April 16, 2008