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Saturday, 1 September 2018

New date for Pegasus XL • ICON

Launch is now scheduled for October 6, 2018, in Cape Canaveral.

Pegasus XL © Northrop Grumman

Spaceflight Now: Launch Schedule

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

ICON mission postponed again

L-1011 Stargazer © NASA/Randy Beaudoin

The launch of ICON satellite, which was supposed to take place last June 14, is now set for late September after Northrop Grumman (the new owner of Orbital ATK) found an issue with the fin actuator of the Pegasus XL rocket. The launch site of the satellite is also set to be relocated from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Aviation News: British Airways TriStars

The current issue of Aviation News (Incorportating JETS) brings to us an interesting overview about the career of the L-1011 TriStar in the fleet of British Airways.

Aviation News - June 2018

The TriStar described in this article as "high, wide and handsome" served the British carrier for almost 20 years.

Aviation News: June 2018

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Orbital ATK is the new owner of N91011

When consulting FAA Registry website, Orbital ATK (trade name for ORBITAL SCIENCES CORP) shows up as the new owner of the L-1011 with tail number N91011, a transaction that took place on April 5.

N91011 parked at Victorville

This airframe, an ex-TAP Air Portugal, was previously owned by TriStar Experience, which gave up on it in favor of preserving the ex-Flying Hospital L-1011.

No press release was made about this move on Orbital's website but one can assume N91011 will be used for spare parts to support the operation of the only active L-1011 in the world, the "Stargazer".