Launch from Kodiak facility

    A new launch vehicle development company has announced plans to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak as soon as this fall.

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A new launch vehicle development company has announced plans to launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak as soon as this fall.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that Vector Space Systems CEO Jim Cantrell says the company is working on securing waivers and approvals for the test launch, which is part of a larger agreement with Finland-based Iceye to conduct 21 launches.

    Iceye is developing a synthetic aperture radar satellite constellation that would provide imaging of Earth's surface in all weather conditions. A press release says the technology will help to monitor Arctic regions "in support of safety for the environment and maritime operations."

    The Kodiak facility is one of several launch sites Vector will use to complete the contracted micro-satellite launches.

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