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Alaska, Hawaii Launch Joint Space Program

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:39:48 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 10 2013 08:47:49 AM AKDT

The Alaska Aerospace Corp., a state-funded venture, is partnering with Hawaii to take advantage of the Pacific Ocean, one of the biggest stepping stones to launch into outer space.

For the past 15 years, Alaska Aerospace has launched satellites from Kodiak Island.

A total of 16 rockets carrying satellites have been launched from the Kodiak Launch Facility since it began operation.

The group reports a 100 percent success rate with its launches and plans to expand if it attracts new contracts.

Under the new agreement, Alaska and Hawaii could borrow personnel and share the capabilities of their two facilities.

“You come across opportunities that you can't do but you know who can and we share a lot of information which helps us all as an industry,” said Alaska Aerospace Corporation Vice President Mark Greby.  

The two states will share an array of infrastructure: satellite data downlink capabilities, personnel cross-trained on similar systems and facilities to reduce building and maintenance costs. 

Alaska's space program is also collaborating with the state of Virginia and Space Port Florida.