Satellite Builders Pitched on Benefits of KLC

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A number of the country’s top satellite builders were in Kodiak recently for a tour of the Narrow Cape launch site and a pep talk about the benefits of utilizing the local facility.

Encouraged by Alaska’s lieutenant governor, the group was told that the Kodiak Launch Complex offers a unique and affordable way for owners of small satellites to get their packages into space.

KMXT’s Maggie Wall has more.

(Kodiak satellites 4:31 "Big expensive…Kodiak launch site.")

Big, expensive, clunky satellites are so old tech and expensive.

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says think "iPhones in orbit." Lots of small satellites working together to provide the same services as a much bigger, more clumsy unit.

The smaller satellites are cheaper to build, easier to get into space, and-guess what-Kodiak’s launch facility is just the right site to launch them into orbit. That’s what Treadwell told a group of top satellite experts a meeting last week.

Treadwell was the keynote speaker at this year’s Small Payload Rideshare Conference which is sponsored by the National Reconnaissance Office-the U.S. intelligence agency that launches spy satellites:

-((Treadwell 1 :34 "They have…were happening."))

A group of the top satellite makers made a short field trip to Kodiak to tour the Kodiak Launch Complex and learn how the facility can get their satellites into orbit for less money and with fewer hassles than if they caught a ride on a bigger rocket:.

-((Treadwell 2 :27 "A lot of…where Kodiak can compete."))

Another place Kodiak has an advantage is as a test facility for people getting ready to send up a huge, very expensive piece of equipment:

-((Treadwell 3 :45 "Before the government…expensive bird."))

Treadwell says Kodiak can combine a number of small projects and load them onto a single rocket, thus opening a new option for satellite companies wanting to get into space faster:

-((Treadwell 4 :48 "There were people…in that regard."

Like many Alaska organizations and governments, the Kodiak Launch Complex is waiting for the governor to decide what will be funding in the state’s capital budget. The Alaska Aerospace Corporation had originally asked for $10 million. The final number in the budget on the governor’s desk is for $4 million.

-((Treadwell 5 :19 "I don’t think…to close it."))

Treadwell says there are a number of financial incentives available or in the works to encourage businesses to use the Kodiak launch site.

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