June 13th 2012 - 17:30 UTC
Videos of the aircraft arrival at the launch site, processing highlights, take off for launch and the actual drop and launch are now available at the bottom of this page.
June 13th 2012 - 16:22 UTC
The spacecrafts solar arrays have been successfully deployed and the craft is moving to position itself into the sun.
June 13th 2012 - 16:20 UTC
The spacecrafts solar arrays are being deployed.
June 13th 2012 - 16:14 UTC
NuSTAR has been separated!
June 13th 2012 - 16:11 UTC
The vehicle is slewing once more to get into position for payload separation.
June 13th 2012 - 16:10 UTC
The 3rd stage has completed it's burn. The vehicle is in orbit!
June 13th 2012 - 16:09 UTC
The 3rd stage has ignited.
June 13th 2012 - 16:08 UTC
The vehicle is slewing ahead of the final 3rd stage burn.
June 13th 2012 - 16:07 UTC
The vehicle is at 350 miles in altitude.
June 13th 2012 - 16:03 UTC
Stage 2 has burned out, The rocket is in a coast phase for 6 minutes before the 3rd burn, Everything is normal and going well.
June 13th 2012 - 16:02 UTC
Both halves of the fairing have separated.
June 13th 2012 - 16:01 UTC
Stage 1 has separated, Stage 2 is burning, All going well.
June 13th 2012 - 16:00 UTC
NuSTAR has been released from the aircraft and Pegasus first stage is igniting.
June 13th 2012 - 15:52 UTC
The final launch poll is occurring.
June 13th 2012 - 15:45 UTC
NuSTAR has been switched to internal power.
June 13th 2012 - 15:39 UTC
The release system has been armed.
June 13th 2012 - 15:23 UTC
The aircraft is now in the race track pattern, an oval that the aircraft will continue to fly in. Tracking assets confirm they have a good link with the aircraft and rocket.
June 13th 2012 - 15:05 UTC
The aircraft is now climbing to the drop height of 39,000 feet. The drop will occur at T-0 with ignition of the Pegasus rocket at T+5 Seconds.
June 13th 2012 - 15:00 UTC
Takeoff occurred on time.
June 13th 2012 - 14:57 UTC
A poll of the launch team has given a 'GO' for takeoff of the L-1011 Tristar Aircraft with the NuSTAR spacecraft mated below.
June 13th 2012 - 14:49 UTC
The aircraft is now holding at the end of the runway for it's departure time at 15:00 UTC. The pilot on board has given a 'GO' for departure.
June 13th 2012 - 14:46 UTC
The L-1011 aircraft is now taxing from the ramp to the runway.
June 13th 2012 - 14:40 UTC
Weather in the drop zone is 100% 'GO'.
June 13th 2012 - 13:50 UTC
Launch activities have been pushed to the right by 30 minutes today due to a minor issue with the spacecraft, this will be of no concern to launch and the countdown is continuing. The next major milestone will be the take off of the L-1011 aircraft which will occur at 15:00 UTC.
June 7th 2012 - 02:00 UTC
Touch down at the launch site of NuSTAR occurred at around 01:40 UTC at Bucholz Army Airfield on Kwajalein Island.
June 6th 2012 - 17:00 UTC
Today's flight that will bring NuSTAR to it's launch site will take off from Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii at around 19:30 UTC, the over 5 hour flight will be complete with a landing scheduled for 00:55 UTC at Bucholz Army Airfield on Kwajalein Island.
June 6th 2012 - 01:35 UTC
NuSTAR is safely on the ground at the stopover airport of Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. The Tristar L-1011 aircraft landed around 01:30 UTC with the flight scheduled to resume to the launch site tomorrow.
June 5th 2012 - 22:45 UTC
The Tristar L-1011 aircraft called 'Stargazer' took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base today at 20:59 UTC, 12:59 Local time and is headed for Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii for an overnight stopover. It is due to land at Hickam Air Force Base at 01:25 UTC. Tomorrow it will then take off for the launch site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
June 2nd 2012 - 20:30 UTC
NuSTAR inside the fairing of the Pegasus rocket has been attached to the underside of the L-1011 aircraft that will be used to fly the rocket to 39,000 feet ahead of it's ignition.
June 2nd 2012 - 13:00 UTC
The Flight Readiness Review gave a 'GO' yesterday for launch on June 13th at 15:30 UTC.
June 1st 2012 - 23:00 UTC
The NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) Spacecraft fully enclosed in the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket is scheduled to be strapped onto the bottom of the L-1011 aircraft tomorrow, June 2nd, if officials give the 'GO' in today's Flight Readiness Review.
If the vehicle is attached to the aircraft on June 2nd it will take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 5th and fly to the island of Kwajalein.
Launch is set for 15:30 UTC on June 13th, Launch being when the rocket is dropped from the aircraft and it's engines then ignite. The aircraft will fly up to 39,000 feet before dropping the spacecraft, it will free fall for about 5 seconds before igniting it's solid propellent first stage which provides 163,000 pounds of thrust for 70 seconds. The second stage will ignite after the first stage has dropped away and will burn for about 90 seconds providing 44,000 pounds of thrust. During the second stage burn the payload fairing will drop away. The third burn will occur after the second stage falls away and will last 68 seconds, this final burn provides 8,000 pounds of thrust.
The NuSTAR spacecraft will separate from the rocket 10 minutes after the initial release from the L-1011 aircraft. The spacecraft weighs 772 pounds and it's purpose is as an x-ray telescope which will study deep into the black holes of our Universe.
April 19th 2012 - 18:00 UTC
A launch date of June 13th 2012 has been set for NuSTAR on a Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket. Delays were due to a review of the Pegasus' on-board computers, and then waiting for a launch window in the range.
April 3rd 2012 - 14:00 UTC
Launch of NuSTAR on a Orbital Pegasus rocket has been delayed until June 2012.