On Tuesday 9/14/99, the US Air Force will launch an atmospheric
interceptor rocket (AIT) from the Narrow Cape launch facility at
Kodiak, Alaska toward California. The 56-foot long 31,912 pound
rocket will carry a payload of five DOD experiments. Also
included is equipment to calibrate and upgrade west coast radar.
The trajectory is expected to parallel the west coast for
approximately 19 minutes and 30 seconds before splashing down off
the coast of Oregon.
The launch was postponed from 9/11/99 due to weather at the
launch site. http://www.ptialaska.net/~kmxt/wx.htm
The director of the Narrow Cape launch facility is John Pfeifer,
an extra class ham, KL0WN, who previously worked for Ringling
Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus as a (you guessed it) clown.
John is not directly involved in the launch, rather the facility
is under launch lease to the USAF.
The Narrow Cape launch facility on Kodiak Island Alaska was begun
in January 1998. The facility is expected to be complete November
30, 1999. This launch is from a temporary launch pad and mobile
launch control facilities. When the facility is complete the
170 foot high enclosed launch tower and the Launch Management
Center will be available for commercial low-orbit launches.