U.S. Air Force has set May 5 as the date for a military reconnaissance
satellite to be launched at the Kodiak Launch Complex. A Minotaur IV rocket
similar to the one launched last November will carry a TacSat-4 satellite to a
high elliptical orbit.
TacSat-4 is designed to relay space-to-ground battlefield communications in
launch complex on Narrow
Cape is owned and
operated by the Alaska Aerospace Corporation which has been beset by funding challenges since losing
its lucrative Missile Defense Agency contract last year.
But CEO Dale Nash
says a partner bid for ground-based missile defense at Fort Greeley
will offer more opportunities over the next two to five years. In
the meantime, the state-owned corporation has asked for $10 million in
operating funds from the state. Gov. Sean Parnell's executive budget contains
$4 million in dividends from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export
Authority to help fund the corporation.
funding request for $10 million is pending approval by the state Legislature,
said Republican House Majority Leader Alan Austerman of Kodiak. Austerman also
sits on the corporation's board of directors.
corporation's oversight was recently shifted from the state's economic
development department to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.