News

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.

04 / 18 / 17

ANCHORAGE, AK: The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) was honored to be invited to deliver a presentation addressing the unique aspects of owning and operating the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA), a State of Alaska owned, non-Federal spaceport, at the 2017 Japan Space Symposium, held April 17, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.  The invitation followed a visit to PSCA in June 2016 by a Japanese delegation led by the Honorable Hiroshi Imazu, an elected member of the Japan House of Representatives and Chairman, Space Policy Research Council (LDP), where the delegation received an extensive brief

04 / 12 / 17

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
ANCHORAGE, AK:  Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) exhibited at the 33rd Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs April 4-6, 2017, hosted by the Space Foundation.  The Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry. This is the fifth year that AAC had a booth at the Space Symposium to attract interest in the company and capabilities of the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA). 

02 / 08 / 17

WASHINGTON DC:   Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) participated in the 20th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference, co-hosted this year by the Federal Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.  The annual conference brings industry leaders together with government officials to discuss the developing commercial space market, including streamlining space launch and commercial operations, and changes in the global commercial space market. 

01 / 31 / 17

Kodiak Daily Mirror - Joanne Snoderly

Alaska Aerospace Corp. is considering a second launch facility capable of equatorial launches.

At a Dec. 1, 2016, meeting, the state-owned corporation’s board of directors approved spending up to $250,000 “to enter into contracts … for the preliminary survey, property appraisal, initial site design, site engineering and permitting processes” for the launch site. AAC CEO Craig Campbell estimated he has so far spent $30,000 to $35,000 of those funds on preliminary surveys.

01 / 25 / 17

Inside Defense.com - Defensealert

The Missile Defense Agency wants to establish Alaska as the new home for testing elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System -- the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot systems -- currently evaluated at military ranges in New Mexico and Hawaii.

From our Instagram