The Kodiak Star Mission
NASA-KSC FACT SHEET
Posted: September 19, 2001
Athena 1 Kodiak Star Launch
Each satellite has specific orbit requirements, which the Athena 1 vehicle will accomplish by maneuvering into two separate orbits with the STP satellites being released at an altitude of 497 miles (800 km) and Starshine 3 released at an altitude of 310 miles (500 km).
Launching Starshine 3 from the Kodiak Launch Complex at a 67-degree inclination will allow students worldwide, including northern latitudes such as Alaska, northern Canada, Scandinavia and Russia, to participate in the project. Worldwide student participation has not been possible on previous Starshine missions launched at lower inclinations from the space shuttle.
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Athena Launch History
The first successful launch of an Athena I delivered the NASA-sponsored Lewis satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Aug. 22, 1997. The first successful launch of an Athena II carried NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft, on a mission study the moon, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Jan. 6, 1998. The most recent Athena launch was Sept. 24, 1999, from VAFB, carrying the IKONOS-2 satellite for Space Imaging.
Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC)
Range, vehicle and spacecraft operations are conducted from the Launch Control Center (LCC) on launch day. The LCC also serves as the administrative and engineering support facility for the Kodiak Launch Complex.
Spacecraft are received, staged, processed and validated in the PPF. The PPF high bay facilities include an airlock and processing high bay. The IPF is a multifunction building for receiving and processing equipment, components and flight hardware. It serves as a receiving, checkout and vehicle stage integration facility.
The LSS and Launch pad are unique facilities that allow the launch vehicle and payload to be readied for launch in an enclosed environment. A 75-ton bridge crane lifts the fairing to the vertical position onto the launch pedestal. After the entire assembly is complete, and just prior to launch, the surrounding service structure is rotated away.
Flight data file
Vehicle: Athena 1
Payload: Kodiak Star
Launch date: Sept. 21, 2001
Launch window: 9-11 p.m. EDT (0100-0300 GMT on 22nd)
Launch site: Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska
Satellite broadcast: GE-2, Trans. 9, C-band
Launch timeline - Chart with times and descriptions of events to occur during the launch.
Ground track - See the trajectory the rocket will follow during its flight.
Athena vehicle data - Overview of the rocket to be used in this launch.
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