Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/12/1994 06:00 PM L&C

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  CHAIRMAN HUDSON announced the next order of business was HJR
  64.  He explained that HJR 64 recognizes the proposed rocket                 
  launch facility on Kodiak Island.                                            
                                                                               
  HJR 64 - PROJECTS OF ALASKA AEROSPACE DEV. CORP.                             
                                                                               
  Number 066                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON, ex officio board member of Alaska Aerospace                     
  Development Corporation (AADC), said AADC is doing valuable                  
  work for Alaska.  They have found that as technology                         
  changes, people find NASA to be too expensive and too                        
  prohibitive and so for commercial purposes people are                        
  looking at alternatives.  He said HJR 64 relates to site                     
  location and although Fairbanks is mentioned as a                            
  consideration, he concurs with the choice of Kodiak as it                    
  does not have the safety considerations that are in                          
  Fairbanks.  He said this resolution puts a stamp of approval                 
  on getting things going and he hopes to move HJR 64 out of                   
  committee.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Number 083                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER posed a question about clouds affecting take-                    
  offs.                                                                        
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON said he was not familiar with all of the                         
  constraints.                                                                 
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON interjected and mentioned over-water                         
  trajectory.  He said from Kodiak you can go down the Pacific                 
  Ocean for literally thousands of miles, whereas from                         
  Fairbanks, for example, there are over-land problems that                    
  are of concern because of explosions and things of that                      
  nature.  He said he believes this resolve might attract some                 
  federal interest in financially supporting this kind of                      
  launch facility.                                                             
                                                                               
  Number 095                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON mentioned that the director of AADC has had some                 
  success both in attracting grants and in collaborating with                  
  the university and he believes these efforts will continue.                  
                                                                               
  Number 097                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. WILLIAMS moved that HJR 64, with individual                             
  recommendations and zero fiscal note, pass out of committee.                 
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON, hearing no objection, declared HJR 64 was                   
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON ADJOURNED the meeting at 6:09 p.m.                           

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