Alaska's Spaceport & Money
Kodiak Spaceport (now called Pacific Spaceport Complex) is a great lesson in stubborness. Aside from not being a jobs engine like was promised, it has never paid its way. All but 1 of its 17 launches since 1999 were paid for by the US government. After the Federal Government stopped funding Kodiak, Alaska has had to put in money every year to
keep it open. But hope is eternal in Alaska because they are investing again to build a new launch pad (#3).
Fortunately for Camden, Kodiak can only launch polar orbits so they won't be competition.
And lucky for Alaskans, their State has oil revenue that helps pay the bills.
Has Kodiak been a bad investment for Alaska taxpayers?
Can Camden afford even one bad year like Kodiak has had for the past 15?
If there is a shortage of spaceport capacity, why is Kodiak not used more?
Can Kodiak survive with commercial launches alone?
After $60 million, why are they having to spend another $120 million to become competitive? Who will pay the $125 million at Spaceport Camden?
What do you do with a used spaceport, if nobody wants it?