Kodiak launch postponed again

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Once again, the launch of a rocket from Kodiak is being delayed.

Monday evening's launch was put off due to solar flares that affect sensitive electronic equipment. The launch had been tentatively reset for Tuesday, but that plan was again scrubbed because of more solar flares.

Officials at the Kodiak Launch Facility said Thursday is the earliest date for another try.

In recent days the launch was canceled because of weather and problems with the radar that would track the Athena One rocket.

Before that, the schedule was affected by the nationwide air-grounding that kept technicians from arriving on Kodiak Island.

Project Kodiak Star is a joint operation of NASA, Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense. It involves the launch of four satellites into orbit.

It would be the fourth launch from the Kodiak rocket complex but the first orbital launch.

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