A technician performs final testing on Starshine 3 at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., to prepare for the launch of the Kodiak Star at Kodiak Island, Alaska. The first orbital launch to take place from Alaska's Kodiak Launch Complex, Kodiak Star was originally scheduled to lift off on a Lockheed Martin Athena I launch vehicle on September 17, 2001. Foul weather and auroral conditions delayed the launch many times and liftoff finally occurred on September 30, 2001.
The payloads aboard include the Starshine 3, sponsored by NASA, and the PICOSat, PCSat and Sapphire, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program.
Date: July 19, 2001
Owner: NASA on The Commons
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