I am NASA Launch Director Tim Dunn, and we're launching the CYGNSS spacecraft into space from the underbelly of an airplane on Dec 12th. AMA!
My short bio: Hi Reddit! I'm NASA Launch Director Tim Dunn, and we're launching the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft into Space on December 12th at 8:24am EST.
CYGNSS will use a constellation of eight small satellites to vastly improve extreme weather prediction, particularly in hurricanes. The launch itself begins with the drop of the Pegasus rocket carrying the CYGNSS spacecraft –that’s where I come in! But this rocket won't launch vertically like a normal rocket...It will launch horizontally from underneath the belly of an L-1011 aircraft out over the Atlantic Ocean!
Here are a few photos of the aircraft and rocket carrying the spacecraft:
I'll be live here to answer your questions beginning at 2:00pm EST today. AMA!
That's all the AMA we have time for today! Great [email protected] session, everyone. I got some really good questions! Remember to watch the launch of the Pegasus rocket carrying the CYGNSS Spacecraft on December 12th at 8:24am EST live on NASA TV @ www.nasa.gov/ntv, and lookout for more AMA's from Kennedy Space Center in the future!