Kodiak Launch Complex
A commercial spaceport at Narrow Cape on Kodiak Island, about 400 km south
of Anchorage, Alaska, and 40 km southwest of the city of Kodiak. Kodiak
Island is one of the best locations in the world for polar launch operations,
providing a wide launch azimuth and unobstructed downrange flight path.
Development of the site began in January 1998 by the Alaska Aerospace Development
Corporation, a public company formed in 1991 to foster an aerospace industry
for the 49th state. The inaugural orbital launch from Kodiak (following
three Air Force suborbital launches) of an Athena I carrying four small
satellites, PICOSat, PCSat, Sapphire, and Starshine 3, delayed two weeks
because of the Sep. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington and
then because of a massive solar flare, took place Sep. 29, 2001.