Business lined up for the first time in two years for Kodiak Island Rocket Launch Complex

    The state-run Rocket Launch Complex on Kodiak Island has some business lined up for the first time in two years.

    The state-run Rocket Launch Complex on Kodiak Island has some business lined up for the first time in two years.


    The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has awarded an 80-million dollar contract to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex to test the THAAD System, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. The system targets incoming intermediate and short range missiles.


    The Alaska Aerospace Corporation will have to build a new gravel road and some other facilities to prepare for two launches next year.


    There hasn't been a launch at the facility since 2014, when an army rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in 2014.


    The complex has hosted 17 launches since it opened in 1998.


     

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