Alaska looks for more rockets

    Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) A new environmental impact study is underway as the Alaska Aerospace Corporation tries to increase launch capacity at the Pacific Spaceport Complex.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror said the facility would like to increase the launch capacity to 24 annually.  This would include government affiliated launches and commercial launches.  Currently the facility can handle nine launches each year.

    The environmental assessment will take into account factors such as impacts on wildlife, water pollution and noise in consideration of the new launch limits. it will take around one year to complete the study and find a contractor to do the work.

    The spaceport has facilitated 19 launches, all affiliated with the U.S. government, since 1998. They will soon begin launches of commercial space flights with smaller weights.  The new launches would generate new sources of revenue.  The state has cut funding to the project amid budget woes.

    The corporation is also looking into opening a fifth launch pad at the Kodiak spaceport.

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