Pacific Spaceport Complex to hold an open house next week

The Pacific Spaceport Complex on Narrow Cape is opening its gates for a community open house next week. This is the second year Alaska Aerospace Corporation, who operates the launch facility, has held this event.

A federal government-sponsored tactical satellite lifts off from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, operated by the Alaska Aerospace Corporation. (Photo by John F. Williams)

Former CEO of Alaska Aerospace, Craig Campbell, told KMXT it’s in an effort to improve transparency between the company and the community.

“The intention is basically to open up our facilities to the community. So full transparency — they get to see what we do, how we do it and get the personal touch of our spaceport.”

Campbell now runs a subsidiary of Alaska Aerospace called Aurora Launch Services. He says the open house will give community members an opportunity to tour the infrastructure that makes up the spaceport and see what’s changed on-site — namely, a new commercial launch pad that was built this summer.

When visitors arrive at the spaceport, he said they’ll be shown around by facility staff. “We will provide vans and drivers, which are going to be the tour guides to drive them to the facility and down to all the sites and be able to explain what each facility does and what the history is and what the future looks like.”

As far as future operations go, it’s likely the public won’t get too many details on that front. During a call on Wednesday, Campbell confirmed September estimates that there are two more launches scheduled for the calendar year, but declined to name the commercial client planning them.

As for next year, Campbell says there are nine to ten launches planned, between at least two commercial clients, the federal Missile Defense Agency, and another government agency. Campbell also declined to name the either the commercial clients or the other government agency.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pacific Spaceport Complex at Narrow Cape. The open house will be followed by a public town hall meeting at the Best Western from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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