spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


Athena launches from Alaska
Posted: Sat, Sep 29, 2001, 11:57 PM ET (0357 GMT)
Athena 1 lifting off from Kodiak Launch Complex (NASA) An Athena 1 rocket launched a set of satellites for NASA and the Defense Department Saturday evening. The Athena 1 lifted off from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska at 10:40 pm EDT Saturday (0240 GMT Sunday). The launch took place an hour and ten minutes into a three-hour launch window to allow additional time for proton flux levels above the Earth's atmosphere to decay to acceptable levels. The launch had been postponed more than a week because of a variety of issues, including a solar flare, poor terrestrial weather, a faulty ground radar, and transportation delays caused by disruption to commercial air travel in the wake of the terrorist attacks earlier this month. The Athena is carrying the Starshine 3 satellite for NASA and PICOSat, PCSat, and Sapphire, a trio of small satellites sponsored by the Defense Department's Space Test Program.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief

"Monster" planet puzzles astronomers
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:14 AM ET (1514 GMT)

Chairman of House Science Committee to retire
Posted: Sun, Nov 5 10:13 AM ET (1513 GMT)

news links
Thursday, November 16
Delta II rocket launch at Vandenberg AFB rescheduled for early Saturday morning
KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo, CA — 12:03 am ET (0503 GMT)
Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit scores Department of Defense deal
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram — 12:02 am ET (0502 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list