Wednesday, 7 November 2018
News from NASA's Kennedy Space Center:
NASA and Northrop Grumman completed their Launch Readiness Review on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There are no technical issues being worked at this time. NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, satellite mission is scheduled to launch Wednesday, Nov. 7, by Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL rocket, which will be carried aloft by the company’s L-1011 Stargazer aircraft taking off from the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Kennedy Space Center: Launch Readiness Completed for ICON
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
New date is yet to be decided.
The L-1011 Stargazer carrying the Pegasus rocket arrived at CCAFS last Friday and will remain in Florida to conduct the testing. The spacecraft remains in good health.
NASA KSC: ICON Launch Delayed
Friday, 5 October 2018
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Saturday, 1 September 2018
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
|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.
Spaceflight Now: NASA likely to relocate delayed Pegasus launch to Florida
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
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
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".
FAA Registry: N-Number Inquiry for N91011
Saturday, 24 March 2018
According to Spaceflight Now, the ICON mission is now planned to take place on June 14. The ICON satellite will be launched into orbit using the Pegasus XL rocket released from an airborne platform, the L-1011 Stargazer.
Thursday, 15 March 2018
It looks like Tempus Applied Solutions has firm intentions to bring back to life the ex-RAF TriStars parked in Bruntinghorpe:
Tempus Applied Solutions Finalizes Acquisition of Ex-Royal Air Force Air-To-Air Refueling Aircraft
Transaction consists of six Lockheed L-1011 aircraft
MARCH 12, 2018
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. | March 12, 2018 – Tempus Applied Solutions (TAS) announced today that the company has finalized the acquisition of six Lockheed L-1011s formerly owned and operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) of the United Kingdom. Four of these aircraft are specifically configured for air-to-air refueling (AAR) operations and the remaining two are configured for passenger and cargo operations only. The aircraft previously served the RAF and NATO.
Read more on the link below.