Press Release

Kodiak Star Launch Postponement Extended Due to Intensity of Solar Flare

By SpaceRef Editor
September 25, 2001
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The launch of Kodiak Star for NASA and the Department of Defense on a
Lockheed Martin Athena I vehicle has been postponed an additional 48 hours.
The effects of Monday morning’s solar flare have continued to increase in
intensity throughout the day.

Space weather experts believe that based on historical data for a solar
flare of this magnitude, it will require approximately 3.5 days after the
solar flare reaches its peak before the level of “proton flux” will decrease
to allowable launch criteria for the Athena 1.

Based on this information, launch is now planned for no earlier than
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. ADT (9:30 p.m. EDT).

SpaceRef staff editor.