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L-1011 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

L-1011

 

Launch Status: Active

 

First Cape Canaveral Launch: October 22, 1998

 

Final Cape Canaveral Launch: Active

 

Total Number of Cape Canaveral Launches: Active

 

Vehicles Launched: Pegasus

 

The L-1011 Stargazer used to launch Pegasus rockets is a modified L-1011 passenger aircraft. It is capable of carrying external payloads up to 52,000 pounds to a maximum altitude of 42,000 feet at an airspeed of Mach 0.82. It features a large cabin for flight test equipment, real-time video monitoring of external payloads, aircraft-generated electrical power, nitrogen purge for temperature and moisture control, launch panel operator station, filtered air conditioning, and satellite-based communications capabilities. The aircraft has the following specifications:

 

Mission Endurance: 10.5 hours

 

Ferry Range: 4,500 miles

 

Maximum Altitude: 42,000 feet

 

Maximum Speed: Mach 0.86

 

Payload Maximum Weight: 52,000 pounds

 

Cabin Floor Width: 18.3 feet

 

Cabin Ceiling Height: 7.9 feet

 

Cabin Floor Space: 2,452 square-feet

 

Aircraft Length: 175 feet

 

Aircraft Diameter: 19.6 feet

 

Wingspan: 155.3 feet

 

Tailfin Length: 71.6 feet

 

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