Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) A state owned facility is working to secure future rocket launches.
The Alaska Aerospace Corporation plans to launch a commercial rocket in early, 2018, either January or February, fro their facility on Kodiak Island. The firm has secured three launch contracts and is currently negotiating a forth contact. Rocket launches were halted at the facility after a rocket exploded there in 2014 causing considerable damage.
The first launch is expected to be for a Texas-based aerospace company, Ad Astra, which specializes in advance plasma rocket propulsion technology.
Vector Space Systems is expected to launch a rocket from the facility in about a year. The company also has plans to launch a second rocket lab in New Zealand in December of this year or early next year.
CEO of AAC, Craig Campbell recently spoke before the Juneau Chamber of Commerce general membership and said the facility is making tremendous progress in the area of commercial rocket launches.