Press Release

Launch of Kodiak Star from Alaska Aboard Athena 1 Rescheduled for Sept. 21

By SpaceRef Editor
September 18, 2001
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The launch of Kodiak Star for NASA and the Department of Defense aboard a
Lockheed Martin Athena I launch vehicle has been rescheduled for Friday,
Sept. 21. The launch window is 5 – 7 p.m. ADT (9 – 11 p.m. EDT).

Additional time has been necessary to assemble the launch team in Alaska due
to the recent events that grounded commercial flights throughout the
country. The Flight Readiness Review was held on Sunday, Sept. 16. At the
conclusion of the fully successful review, it was determined that personnel
essential for the launch preparations are now in Alaska. It was also
determined that the network of tracking stations around the world will be
fully capable of launch support and spacecraft tracking on Friday.

The prelaunch press conference and the launch of Kodiak Star will be covered
on NASA Television found on GE-2, transponder 9 (C band), located at 85
degrees West. In Alaska, the satellite transponder for launch coverage has
changed to Galaxy 10, transponder 20 (Ku band), located at 123 degrees West.
Audio is also available on the “V” circuits that may be accessed directly by
dialing 321/867-1220, 1240, 1260, 7135, 4003. Coverage will also be webcast
and may be accessed via the NASA Kennedy Space Center home page at
www.ksc.nasa.gov.

The prelaunch press conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1:30
p.m. (5:30 p.m. EDT). Launch coverage on Friday, Sept. 21, begins at 3:30
p.m. ADT (7:30 p.m. EDT) and continues until it has been confirmed that
Kodiak Star’s four satellites have been deployed. The final deployment
confirmation, that of Starshine, is expected to be communicated from
Antarctica approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes after launch.

A Kodiak Star Media Desk will be established in the lobby of the Buskin
River Inn, located adjacent to the Kodiak Island Airport. Press badges for
accredited news media may be picked up on L-1 day, Thursday, Sept. 20,
beginning at 11 a.m. Transportation to and from the Kodiak Launch Complex
will be provided. Due to significant parking limitations and for security
reasons, no privately owned vehicles are permitted at the launch site. The
press bus for the prelaunch news conference and associated tour of the
launch complex will depart from the Buskin River Inn at 11:45 a.m.

On launch day, Sept. 21, press credentials may also be picked up at the
Kodiak Star Media Desk beginning at 1 p.m. The press bus for launch will
depart from the Buskin River Inn at 2 p.m.

SpaceRef staff editor.