Story last updated at 6/20/2012 - 2:02 pm
The Alaska State Senate is proud to kick off a new era of development by hosting the Alaska Rocket and Space Summit on June 21 in Anchorage. The event is geared towards exploring the expansion of the aerospace industry in Alaska and its economic impact on the state.
In March, Lockheed Martin chose the Kodiak Launch Center (KLC) as its dedicated West Coast launch facility for Athena Rockets. The decision is a prime example of how aerospace companies can capitalize on Alaska's strategic location, excellent facilities, and skilled work force. As a result of the decision, Lockheed Martin and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation will soon be seeking $100 million in commercial financing to finish construction of a medium lift facility.
The KLC is the nation's only high latitude full service spaceport. It was designed specifically to provide optimal support for space launches to polar orbit, including circular and highly elliptical Molniya and Tundra orbits. So far, more than 16 launches have taken place at the KLC. The addition of the medium lift capability will continue to ensure a strong future in Alaska for global satellite launches.
The economic impact of the growing aerospace industry ripples across Alaska by providing the potential for new job development such as supplier and logistics support, final assembly and light manufacturing, and the potential for growth in the engineering and scientific fields for Alaskans, in Alaska.
Several distinguished speakers are scheduled to give in-depth presentations including "The Florida Aerospace Enterprise & Experience" by Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello and "Successful Growth of Space Labs & Research at Utah State University" by Space Dynamics Laboratory Board Chairman Oren Phillips.
Several discussions are also on the summit agenda:
¿ "Key Elements to Successful State/Industry Partnerships" -Representatives from Lockheed, Orbital, Boeing, and ATK (Alliant Techsystems)
¿ "Aerospace Industry Enablers" - UAA Chancellor Tom Case, UAF Geophysical Institute Director Bob McCoy, and UAA Vice Provost Research and Graduate School Dean Helena Wisniewski
¿ "Alaska Preparedness for Aerospace Development" - Leaders from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, Kodiak Island Borough, Kenai Peninsula Borough, economic development corporations representing Kodiak, Kenai, Anchorage and Fairbanks as well the Alaska Railroad, Alaska Marine Lines (barges), Lynden Transport and several subcontractors.
To see the full agenda see www.aksenate.org/27thpress/Rocket_Summit_Agenda_Final.pdf.