Pegasus/AIM launch, April 25, 2007



The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission was launched into orbit by an Orbital Sciences Pegasus-XL booster at 1:26 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. The rocket was carried to the launch position off the Pacific coast near Monterey by Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer, which staged out of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Antonov Design Bureau An-124 UR-82027 This Antonov Design Bureau An-124 UR-82027 showed up at Vandenberg from Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport by way of Bangor, Maine at 10:50 AM. Low lying clouds partially obscured the view of its approach.

Antonov Design Bureau An-124 UR-82027 Antonov Design Bureau An-124 UR-82027.

Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer took off with the Pegasus-XL/AIM at 12:27 PM PDT. The crew of Stargazer initiated the drop of the booster at 1:26 PM PDT. The four-stage rocket successfully boosted the AIM satellite into orbit 350 miles above the Earth.

Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer Stargazer passed overhead southbound about 20 minutes after the launch of the Pegasus-XL.

Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer Stargazer returned from the successful launch of the AIM mission just after 2:00 PM.

Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer

Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer Orbital Sciences Lockheed L-1011 N140SC Stargazer



Related displays

Orbital Sciences Corporation Lockheed L-1011, N140SC Stargazer More Orbital Sciences Corporation L-1011, N140SC Stargazer photos.

Antonov An-124 Ruslan page More Antonov An-124 Ruslan photos.

Previous launches from Vandenberg AFB More Vandenberg AFB launch photography.



Links

Link to the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mission web site.

Link to Encyclopedia Astronautica's Pegasus XL launch chronology.

Link to NASA Dryden's L-1011 Photo Gallery Contact Sheet.

Link to the Orbital Sciences Corporation home page.

The home page of the 30th Space Wing

For national and international space coverage visit SPACE.com

Brian Webb's Rawhide Space Page provides launch schedule and ham radio information.





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Minotaur/Streak September 22, 2005
Titan IV/National Reconnaissance Office satellite, October 19, 2005
Minuteman III, February 16, 2006
Minuteman III, April 2, 2008
Target Launch Vehicle, September 24, 2008
Delta-II/GeoEye 1, September 6, 2008
Delta II/Jason 2, June 20, 2008
Delta II/COSMO-Skymed, October 24, 2008
Taurus/Orbiting Carbon Observatory, February 24, 2009
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