ALASKA AEROSPACE CONDUCTS FIRST SPACEPORT MASTER PLAN ADVISORY GROUP MEETING IN KODIAK

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 13:45

KODIAK, AK - January 31, 2019:  The first meeting of the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) Spaceport Master Plan Advisory Group was held Wednesday evening, January 30, 2019 at the Best Western Harbor Room to discuss the PSCA master planning process initiated by the Alaska Aerospace Board of Directors.  This meeting was the first of five planned for the Advisory Group to assist Alaska Aerospace in creating a master plan for development of PSCA through 2030. 

The Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from government agencies, native Alaskan organizations, private sector interests, as well as local residents who can bring community interests to the discussions.  “This first meeting introduced Advisory Group members to the planning process and timeline” said Craig E. Campbell, Alaska Aerospace Chief Executive Officer.  “We are looking for a very public and productive planning process as we continue expanding the aerospace sector in Kodiak” Campbell explained.

The majority of the meeting time was used as an open forum for members to provide suggested areas of interest to focus on during the process.  “This was a very useful meeting for Alaska Aerospace, as we were able to identify some of the most pressing and important issues for us to address as we create a future PSCA development plan” stated Mark Lester, Alaska Aerospace President.  “With the emerging small satellite industry looking for reliable low cost launch services, PSCA is ideally situated to support increased commercial operations in the coming years.  We want this process to provide a roadmap for development that is respectful to community interests so that we remain good neighbors as we increase business at PSCA” he continued.

In addition to the Advisory Group meetings, Alaska Aerospace will also be hosting three public meetings during the planning process to gain public input on potential development alternatives and community interests.  The next Advisory Group meeting is planned for late April.  Meetings of the Advisory Group are open to the public.

Alaska Aerospace is a state-owned corporation established to develop a high-technology aerospace industry in Alaska.  Alaska Aerospace operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) located on Kodiak Island offering all indoor, all weather, processing and providing optimal support for both orbital and sub-orbital rocket launches. Its corporate headquarters is in Anchorage with a regional office in Huntsville, Alabama.