Next rocket launch from Kodiak complex set

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The next rocket launch from Kodiak is set to take place between Friday and Nov. 21, officials said this week.

The Army had been keeping mum on the date because of security concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The takeoff from the Kodiak rocket complex will be a non-orbital rocket sent up for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. The craft will be used in the testing of the proposed missile defense initiative.

Officials said it is possibly the first of four such launches from the complex.

In late September, the complex sent up a long-delayed orbital launch of a Lockheed Martin Athena 1 rocket. The rocket carried four satellites into space.

It was the first orbital launch ever conducted from Alaska.

The mission had been delayed by the terrorist attacks because technicians couldn't make it to Alaska on commercial flights. Then weather and solar flares caused further delays.

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