A former Florida congressman has been appointed by Governor Sarah Palin to the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation board of directors. Republican David Weldon, of Indialantic, Florida, served in Congress representing Florida’s 15th Congressional District from 1995 to 2008. District 15 is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A written statement from the governor’s office says Weldon’s congressional priorities were military and civil space programs. During his first eight years in Congress, Weldon served on the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. He also served on the Appropriations Committee. Weldon was appointed to a seat on the AADC board representing the aerospace industry sector.
The 11-member board overseas the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, a state-owned agency, which operates the Kodiak Launch Complex at Narrow Cape, about 45 miles from Kodiak City. It was intended to serve private satellite companies, but so far its only launches have been for the U.S. military.