Kodiak residents will have an opportunity to meet this week with and ask questions of officials with the Alaska Aerospace Corporation and the Pacific Spaceport Complex this week.
On tap are a number of public events on both Wednesday and Thursday. First up is a tour of the spaceport facilities at the launch site in Pasagshak.
Craig Campbell is Alaska Aerospace President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Yes, we’re going to have a very active week down there in Kodiak this week. We’re going to have some great events. The first is an open house, we’re holding it on Wednesday. It starts at 11:00 goes to 3:00 and we’re hoping the public will come out. We especially would like to have some of our school children come out and see the facility. We had a wonderful Rocket Day in May with Peterson Elementary. I think getting the kids out will help get them all energized to see that there are opportunities in space right here in Alaska, right here in Kodiak.”
Then on Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00 the public is invited to a town hall meeting at the Best Western Kodiak Inn Harbor Room.
“And it’s basically open to the public to come by. And we have some slides to show of what our future is going to look like. Kind of the transition that we’re doing into commercial launches. And certainly want to answer and questions that the public might have about our operations. And just kind of share information so that we can keep the public up-to-date. We did this last year, in June, and we thought it was pretty good so we’ll follow up Wednesday night.”
Shifting to Thursday morning, the public is invited to attend and comment at the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors’ board meeting.
“Our board’s holding its board meeting again in Kodiak, at the Best Western Hotel down in the Harbor Room. That’ll start at 9:00. And the public’s invited. It’s an open meeting. It’ll probably run until about 2 or 3. The public comment portion is in the morning. It’s item three or four on the agenda. So if people’ would like to come out and meet the board and provide any comments that, too, will be available Thursday morning at the Best Western Harbor Room.”
And finally, Thursday evening, Campbell will meet with the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly during its regular work session, which begins at 6:30 in the school district conference room.
“Well there has been an ongoing discussion between the borough and Alaska Aerospace about a number of issues and so, I’ve agree to go to their work session to do basically the same thing. I don’t have a presentation, it’s to have a dialog with Assembly on any concerns or interests they have or just kind of talk about our operations and our future.”
The public may attend the assembly work session, and may speak for up the three minutes under Citizens’ Comments, which is at the beginning of the meeting. Campbell’s comments are on the agenda for immediately afterwards.