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07 / 13 / 18

GABE STUTMAN gabe@kodiakdailymirror.com

KODIAK — A spaceflight startup rehearsed its launch procedures this week at the Kodiak spaceport.

Arizona-based Vector Launch, Inc. conducted a telemetry test on Tuesday, to check communications between the rocket and the spaceport command center. On Wednesday, it performed a fueling test.

During both, employees raised a 43-foot replica of the “Vector-R” rocket to a vertical position on launch pad C, where the company hopes to launch later this year.

07 / 10 / 18

By GABE STUTMAN gabe@kodiakdailymirror.com | 0 comments

KODIAK — The Alaska Aerospace Corporation began a new chapter on Friday, opening Aurora Launch Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the state corporation.

Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell said the new outfit will save taxpayer money by reducing personnel costs, and increasing flexibility as the corporation expands into the commercial spaceflight market.

Since taking the helm in 2012, one of Campbell’s top priorities has been to make the corporation financially solvent.

07 / 06 / 18

Anchorage, AK:  Alaska Aerospace today launched Aurora Launch Services as a wholly-owned subsidiary to offer low cost launch services to both commercial and government customers worldwide.  Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Aurora Launch Services will be the exclusive provider for launch services at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska, located in Kodiak. 

05 / 04 / 18
ORG XMIT: THM03 epa02408551 A photograph made available 23 October 2010 shows Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo with SpaceShipTwo attached flying overhead during the dedication of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority Spaceport America 10,000 ft. (3.048 Km) long runway at Upham, New Mexico, USA 22 October 2010. The runway was officially named the Governor Bill Richardson Spaceway at the event. Virgin Galactic and other leading aerospace firms are working to develop commercial space flight at the facility which

Small rockets, big dreams: More spaceports taking root - Author: Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY - Published: 8:45 PM EDT May 2, 2018 - Updated: 2:26 PM EDT May 3, 2018

WATKINS, Colo. —  A ribbon of concrete runway on Colorado’s eastern plains is poised to become the cutting edge of civilian spaceflight if local boosters realize their long-held dreams to travel anywhere in the world in just minutes.

04 / 13 / 18

ANCHORAGE, AK: Alaska Aerospace today clarified details pertaining to commercial launch activities and development plans at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA), located on Kodiak Island, following misinformation across social media channels. 

04 / 13 / 18

Greetings from your neighbors at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska. On April 4, the Kodiak Daily Mirror printed an article titled “Kodiak Could See 24 Rocket Launches Each Year.” I want to thank the reporter and staff at the Kodiak Daily Mirror for keeping the community informed on the future plans for America’s premier commercial spaceport. The article was well-written and opened the public discussion on what our spaceport should be in the future.

04 / 05 / 18

By GABE STUTMAN gabe@kodiakdailymirror.com | 0 comments

The Alaska Aerospace Corporation is undertaking a new environmental impact study in order to increase launch capacity at the Pacific Spaceport Complex, according to CEO Craig Campbell.

Under the current Launch Site Operator License with the Federal Aviation Administration, the spaceport can accommodate up to nine rockets over a twelve month period. Campbell said he’d like to see the number increased to 24, which would include government-affiliated launches as well as commercial launches with smaller payloads.

02 / 22 / 18
 A smaller rocket from launch company Vector blasts off. The company will continue testing its rockets in Kodiak later this year.

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 9:00 am | Updated: 9:04 am, Thu Feb 22, 2018.

By ALISTAIR GARDINER al@kodiakdailymirror.com

Arizona-based small-satellite launch company Vector is planning to carry out its first orbital launches this summer at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska on Kodiak Island.

01 / 25 / 18

ANCHORAGE, AK: Alaska Aerospace presented the annual state corporation overview to members of the Alaska State Legislature, House of Representatives, Finance Budget Subcommittee for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs today.  Highlighting very positive accomplishments from 2017, Alaska Aerospace President and Chief Executive Officer, Craig E. Campbell, provided the subcommittee with a very optimistic prospect for the coming year.  Below is Mr. Campbell’s presentation.

11 / 28 / 17

By JOANN SNODERLY - joann@kodiakdailymirror.com

The Alaska Aerospace Corporation, a state-owned company, announced early this month its intent to launch a subsidiary called Aurora Launch Services to operate in the private sector.

Alaska Aerospace has been pursuing options for a public-private partnership since state funding to the corporation ceased at the close of 2014.

“The infrastructure at Kodiak is clearly public infrastructure, but the operating side could be done more … cost-effectively from the private sector side,” said Alaska Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell.