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May 20 2010
AAC Hoping for New Contracts PDF Print E-mail
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            When Alaska Aerospace Corporation CEO Dale Nash spoke at the last regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly he confirmed the recent news that his corporation had lost its only contract.

 

--         (Rocket 1                      "First of all ... valued customer again.")

 

The Missle Defense Agency has decided to launch its test missiles from the Marshall Islands instead of from Kodiak. The contract with MDA ends on August 31st.

Early this month, Alaska's congressional delegation sent a letter to the head of MDA requesting that the agency re-consider.

 

--         (Rocket 2                             "We are continuing ... starts up.")

 

            Nash said that Kodiak may be better off than Cape Canaveral where the shuttle program is likely to be shut down and tens of thousands of people may lose their jobs.

 

--         (Rocket 3                              "Some of the ... here with NASA.")

 

            Stacey Studebaker, a spokesperson for the Kodiak Rocket Launch Information Group said that the loss of the contract comes as no surprise. She said that tax payers should be outraged that the launch complex is sitting unused and yet still consuming millions of federal and state dollars.

The state budget, which is currently under review by the governor, includes four million dollars to cover Alaska Aerospace Corporation's operating expenses while it searches for new contracts. Plans are also underway for the building of a third launch pad at the site.

 
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