Credit: Alaska Aerospace Corporation

The northern U.S. state of Alaska is home to the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska which is used for launching both military missiles and commercial rockets. This remote U.S. launch base, previously known as the "Kodiak Launch Complex," is owned by the U.S. state-owned Alaska Aerospace Corporation and is located on Kodiak Island. After the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska opened in 1998, numerous U.S. satellites have already been launched into space by various types of rockets. In November 2021, a commercial rocket from the space company Astra also put some small satellites into space for the first time from the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska.

Spaceport America

Name: Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska
Alternative name: Kodiak Launch Complex
Country: USA (Alaska)
Owner: Alaska Aerospace Corporation
Altitude: 30 m
Coordinates: 57°26'09"N - 152°20'16"W
First launch/spaceflight: 1998

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The Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska has some launch complexes from where different types of rockets can be launched. In addition to launching small satellites, the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska can also be used for testing military ballistic missiles and sounding rockets. The main launch complex at this launch base features a seventeen-story assembly building and associated clean room in which to prepare satellites for their mission. In 2016, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation entered into a contract with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) that allowed military missiles to be tested from this launch base. Thus, in 2019, on behalf of the Israeli Air Force and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), several Arrow III interceptor missiles were launched and tested from this launch base that successfully disabled "enemy" missiles. From the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska, Athena I and Minotaur 4 rockets have already been launched in the past, launching several satellites such as the NanoSail-D2 solar sail and the Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX) into space.

Launch pads

Launch Pad 1: Athena I / Minotaur
Launch Pad 2: Astra

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Credit: Alaska Aerospace Corporation

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This article was published by FutureSpaceFlight founder and chief editor Kris Christiaens. Kris Christiaens has been passionate and fascinated by spaceflight and space exploration all his life and has written hundreds of articles on space projects, the commercial space industry and space missions over the past 20 years for magazines, books and websites. In late 2021, he founded the website FutureSpaceFlight with the goal of promoting new space companies and commercial space projects and compiling news of these start-ups and companies on one website.