The Alaska Aerospace Corporation has entered a memorandum of understanding with Camden County, Georgia — soon to be the site of a new spaceport complex — to work cooperatively on establishing common operating environments for launch operators who wish to reach both polar and equatorial orbits.

According to a press release published by the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, which operates the Kodiak-based Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska, the two companies will be able to better support and strengthen launch vehicle operator needs and the emerging commercial space launch market.

The release said that Kodiak’s spaceport complex is ideal for launching into polar and sun-synchronous orbits, while Spaceport Camden is ideal for lower inclination and equatorial orbits. 

The two companies will be able to work together to establish common operating environments that have common processes, protocols and procedures. 

“This will create a seamless, smooth and cost-efficient operating environment for small launch operators,” said the press release. 

The Aerospace Corporation was established by the state to develop a high-technology aerospace industry in Alaska. 

For 22 years, the corporation has conducted launch operations of small and light-lift vertical launch vehicles on Kodiak Island, and has not accepted federal or state funds for operations and maintenance for the past five years. 

“The Kodiak spaceport provides Alaskans with career opportunities focused on the future.

Collaborating with Georgia’s spaceport allows both states to accelerate economic growth and increase job opportunities for our residents in this growing market,” said Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer.

According to the press release, PSCA and Spaceport Camden will complement each other on orbital access and geographic diversity, while sharing a common market segment and business objectives. 

Once Spaceport Camden is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the company will be the only low-inclination commercial vertical spaceport in the United States not co-located on a federal range. 

“The future of robust access space rests with multi-user FAA-licensed commercial spaceports.

By working together, Camden County and AAC are best positioned to advance America’s commercial vertical launch capabilities,” said the Alaska Aerospace Corporation President and CEO Mark Lester.

While collaborating on spaceport operations, the groups plan to explore advanced STEM opportunities and public-related interests.  

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