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07 / 12 / 17
Leah Garton/Missile Defense Agency

By JOANN SNODERLY joann@kodiakdailymirror.com

An anti-ballistic missile intercept test from Kodiak Island was successfully completed early Tuesday morning. It was the first launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska since the August 2014 failure of a U.S. Army hypersonic weapon test that destroyed several buildings at the facility.

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army tested the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense component of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. THAAD uses a direct hit to intercept a target in its final phase of flight.

07 / 11 / 17

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today commended the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Ballistic Missile Defense Operational Test Agency, and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss on the successful test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island.

07 / 11 / 17

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted an intercept test today of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.

06 / 16 / 17
Alaska Aerospace Corp. director of administration and facilities John Cramer, left, and director of range operations Barry King speak on Wednesday at a town hall meeting on upcoming launches from the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska.

By JOANN SNODERLY joann@kodiakdailymirror.com | Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 9:00 am

Representatives of Alaska Aerospace Corporation on Wednesday said they hope to increase launch frequency from Kodiak Island to at least three to four launches per year at a town hall meeting in Kodiak.

Increasing launch frequency from Kodiak will require attracting commercial customers, said Barry King, Alaska Aerospace director of range operations. Alaska Aerospace operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska located at Narrow Cape on Kodiak Island.

06 / 08 / 17

ANCHORAGE, AK:  Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) wishes to congratulate Robb Kulin in his selection by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as one of twelve astronaut candidates in the Class of 2017.  Robb hails from Anchorage, where he graduated from Robert Service High School.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver; completed a Master’s degree in Materials Science; and earned a Doctorate in Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  He has worked for SpaceX, a private commercial space company that design

06 / 08 / 17
An Arrow anti-ballistic missile launches from California in 2004 test. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

Israel is working on a better missile to counter the threat of an Iranian launch. But Israel lives in a crowded neighborhood, so the plan is to test the interceptor in Kodiak.

That’s the word from Adm. James Syring, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Syring told a congressional committee Wednesday the U.S. is Israel’s partner in developing that country’s missile defense system, particularly Israel’s Arrow 3 missile.

06 / 01 / 17
In this May 1, 2017 photo Craig Campbell, the chief executive officer of Alaska Aerospace Corporation, poses for a photo at his office in Anchorage, Alaska. Once close to death, Campbell says the state-owned agency has rebounded after a rocket exploded after a launch in 2014, leaving the launch site on Kodiak Island, in Alaska, with damaged facilities and no customers. (Mark Thiessen/Associated Press)

By Becky Bohrer | AP 

JUNEAU, Alaska — When most people think of Alaska, they picture its thick forests, hulking grizzly bears and soaring, snow-covered peaks.

What they might not imagine is rockets whisking defense and other payloads into space. But America’s northernmost state has that too, entering the high-tech aerospace business more than 25 years ago as it looked to diversify its oil-reliant economy.

05 / 25 / 17

ANCHORAGE, AK:  The team at Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) congratulates Rocket Lab on their successful launch of the new Electron rocket from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex One on the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand.  “This successful Electron launch is a game-changer for the commercial small satellite industry,” said Craig Campbell, AAC President and Chief Executive Officer.  “There is tremendous demand for a low-cost launch vehicle that provides schedule reliability for the commercial satellite market.  The Electron rocket has demonstrated the viability of affordable launch and opened a

05 / 11 / 17

FAIRBANKS, AK:  As part of the tenth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks on May 10-11, 2017, a series of workshops were conducted to highlight arctic opportunities and challenges.  On Thursday, May 11, the Arctic Interchange hosted a panel discussion addressing aerospace opportunities in Alaska and the Arctic.  Chaired by Dr.

04 / 19 / 17

Anchorage AK:  Following participation in the 2017 Japan Space Symposium, Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Craig E. Campbell traveled to Hokkaido, Japan with a joint Japanese and American delegation to visit a proposed launch site in the coastal town of Taiki.   As part of the itinerary, the delegation toured the headquarters and manufacturing facility of Interstellar Technologies.  Interstellar Technologies is a Japanese company developing a launch vehicle to support the nano and micro commercial satellite industry.