Title: Category: Amazing PlasmasLiving with a StarProtective ShieldStorm Alert!Research Copyright: Custom (fill in below) Space Science Institute. All Rights Reserved. Caption:(500 character limit)Many research satellites are now launched from relatively low cost vehicles like this Pegasus XL. Carried aloft by an L-1011 aircraft, the rocket is released at 40,000 feet. The three stage Pegasus then delivers the satellite to orbit in a little over 10 minutes.