With just a week before the first scheduled launch in DARPA’s responsive launch competition, the agency is tweaking the rules to allow the sole remaining company to perform both launches from the same spaceport.
An Alaskan spaceport will host the first launch of a rocket developed by a stealthy startup company as soon as next week, spaceport officials confirmed March 20.
The company that operates an Alaska launch site is critical of the spaceport’s inclusion in a list of pork-barrel spending released last week by a senator.
An executive order by the new governor of Alaska halting discretionary spending at the state’s spaceport will not stop its ongoing repairs but could affect other activities there, spaceport officials said.
Alaska Aerospace selected Lockheed Martin from four proposals it received in November to provide medium-lift launch services from the spaceport.