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These positive developments have forestalled downward pressure on the rating for now.
NASA officials said this week that it would take several days to assess the length of the delay but that the launching would be forestalled by at least several weeks, and some speculation ran as high as several months.
This makes it easy for technicians to respond to fault and failure signals, and faults often can be corrected and failures forestalled by remote control.
Fitch says this outcome has effectively forestalled the risk of Indonesia's sovereign rating being downgraded to default status and the Stable Outlook is accordingly affirmed.
commented on the second quarter saying, "inclement winter weather conditions in our key geographic markets, coupled with the sluggish economy, have forestalled sales.