Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby participated in the Alaska Rocket and Space
Summit last Thursday, though had to do so via teleconference since the assembly
had a meeting that night. He said folks attending were from Lockheed, Boeing
and other launch clients and launch facilitators, including Frank DiBello, the
CEO of Space Florida.
-- (Selby 1 29 sec "Particularly of interest was ... Canaveral there in
Space Florida is limited to launching rockets only in one direction, which
could open up opportunities here in Kodiak.
-- (Selby 2 26 sec "He was all excited about Kodiak ... work with jointly in
a minimum of 14 polar-orbit launches per year are projected to be needed in the
next few years.
that putting together satellites is something else identified at the summit
that Alaska could be ideal for:
-- (Selby 3 42 sec "Anchorage would probably be ... some fabrication in
Lockheed Martin deal and the multi-million dollar infusions from the state the
last few years, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation has not been on strong
financial ground, especially after losing its Missile Defense Agency contract.
Selby says he hopes all the pieces fall into place for its future success:
-- (Selby 4 19 sec "So overall it was an interesting ... to make that all
also included a panel discussion by three representatives from the university
system: Tom Case, the chancellor of UAA; Bob McCoy, the director of the
Geophysical Institute; and Helena Wisniewski, the dean of UAA's graduate
school. They discussed how Alaskans could become better prepared for work in
the aerospace industry in the state.