Alaska Aerospace Corp. Considers Spaceport Location in Hawaii

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Alaska Aerospace Corp. is eying land on Hawaii’s Big Island near Keaau for the construction of a new spaceport. An environmental assessment is now being drawn up.

Mark Lester, president of the organization established by the state of Alaska, said he’s aware spaceport proposals have a fraught history on Hawaii Island, where community concerns about safety and environmental impacts have kept them grounded.

The organization is hoping its proposed facility would be small enough to be able to win community support.

“Don’t think of what you see at Cape Canaveral,” he said, noting payloads would be between 50 to 100 kilograms.

“This is really a couple concrete pads with very little permanent infrastructure.”