The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of Alaska Aerospace Corporation's (AAC's) proposal to expand the launch capabilities at the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC), located on Kodiak Island's Narrow Cape, Alaska. The KLC currently operates under a Launch Site Operator License (LSOL) issued by the FAA.
Please note – The name of the KLC changed to the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska, effective April 21, 2015. The Final EA and FONSI/ROD keep the name of KLC for continuity and ease of the reviewer.
Under the proposed action, the FAA would issue an LSOL modification to AAC to include a new launch pad and medium-lift launch capability at the KLC. This would allow AAC to expand their KLC operations from a small-lift launch site to a small- and medium-lift launch site. Under the LSOL modification, AAC would construct a launch pad, vehicle processing facility, rocket staging facility, air plant/liquid fueling facility, and a mission control center, and modify an existing road. The EA also may be used to support licenses for future vehicle operators and license renewals.
The FAA released the Draft EA for review in September 2014. A public hearing was held on October 7, 2014. The FAA issued a Second Draft EA in December 2015. Interested parties were invited to submit comments on the Second Draft EA by January 11, 2016.
Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision – Kodiak Launch Complex Launch Pad 3
The FAA signed the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Kodiak Launch Complex Launch Pad 3 on April 8, 2016.