Alaska Aerospace Corp. Hires New CEO

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AAC PR) — The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) announces the hiring of Milton B. Keeter Jr. to serve as the Company’s new CEO. Milton will be stepping into the CEO position that has been held by acting CEO John Cramer who has been in place since former CEO Mark Lester left June 30, 2021.

Milton Keeter brings a wealth of space launch experience to Alaska Aerospace. His expertise in launch range safety and FAA space launch licensing is especially strong. Prior to joining Alaska Aerospace, Milton was the Director of Launch Safety and Licensing at ABL Space Systems, El Segundo, Ca. and before that role he was the Vice President of Launch Operations, Head of Safety and Launch Licensing for Astra Space, Inc. Alameda Ca.


Phantom Space Corporation Names Mark Lester New Vice President of Launch Operations

Phantom Daytona-E rocket. (Credit: Phantom Space)

The former CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corporation will be leading Phantom’s ongoing launch developments, preparations, and executions.

TUCSON, Az. , June 15, 2021 (Phantom Space PR) – Phantom Space Corporation, the space transportation technology development and manufacturing company, today announced the hiring of Mark Lester. He will be fulfilling the role of Vice President of Launch Operations. This comes alongside the news of Phantom’s latest expansion: a new 32,000 square foot facility in Tucson, Arizona, that will serve as Phantom’s first rocket factory.


Indian Startup to Test Smallsat Launcher in Alaska

Indian startup Agnikul Cosmos Launch Vehicles has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to test its Agnibaan booster at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska on Kodiak Island.

The agreement commits Agnikul and Alaska Aerospace Corporation to working together to obtain regulatory and export control approvals from the Indian and American governments for an initial test launch in 2022, CNBC TV18 reports.

“We are thrilled Agnikul has partnered with Alaska Aerospace for high inclination flight testing. Agnikul has established itself as a leading rocket technology company, and we are pleased Alaska’s proven launch infrastructure and expertise continue to attract new space launch companies from around the world,” said Mark Lester, president and CEO of Alaska Aerospace.


Alaska Aerospace Hires New President

Mark D. Lester

ANCHORAGE, AK (Alaska Aerospace PR) — Alaska Aerospace announces the hiring of Mark D. Lester to serve as the Company’s new President. Mark will report directly to Craig Campbell whom continues as Alaska Aerospace’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mark brings a wealth of aerospace experience to Alaska Aerospace. Prior to joining Alaska Aerospace, Mark was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pantigo Lester LLC in Colorado Springs where he provided management consulting services to mid-market aerospace and defense businesses. His background includes previously serving as the Chief Executive Officer with Doss Aviation, as well as providing business development, marketing, program management, and engineering expertise for a number of aerospace companies.

Mark also served in the United States Air Force as a space systems engineer, satellite operator, and intelligence analyst. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Norwich University and a Master of Engineering in Space Operations from the University of Colorado.

“As Alaska Aerospace diversifies our customer base to include more government and commercial operators from the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska, I am very pleased that Mark will be leading our efforts to streamline operations and bring a fresh perspective on ways Alaska Aerospace can expand business development in Alaska,” said Craig Campbell, Alaska Aerospace Chief Executive Officer. “Mark’s professional experience provides Alaska Aerospace a tremendous opportunity to remain competitive in space launch by enhancing our business practices and providing customers more affordable launch costs,” Campbell stated.

Alaska Aerospace is a state-owned corporation established to develop a high-technology aerospace industry in Alaska. Alaska Aerospace operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) located on Kodiak Island offering all indoor, all weather, processing and providing optimal support for both orbital and sub-orbital space launches. Its corporate headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska with a regional office in Huntsville, Alabama.