AAC and Garvey Spacecraft Deliver First Rocket to Kodiak

P-19 rocket on Kodiak Island (Credit: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation)
P-19 rocket on Kodiak Island (Credit: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AAC PR) – Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) and Garvey Spacecraft Corporation (GSC) achieved an important milestone in their collaborative venture to path-find operations for a commercial nanosat launch vehicle at AAC’s Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSC-A) on Kodiak Island. Just one month after starting, the team worked through the logistics to enable GSC to ship a prototype first stage and then successfully demonstrate on-site fuel loading into the vehicle.

“To reach our strategic goal of providing commercial cubesat and nanosat launch services, a key step is transitioning our research and development, and test activities to more of an operational mode at a launch range with orbital access,” Chris Bostwick, GSC project manager, said. “AAC has been very responsive in supporting us in this task. Being able to ship our P-19 test vehicle after just a month of preparations and then fuel one day after our team arrived on site is particularly impressive.”

P-19 rocket during LOX fueling (Credit: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation)
P-19 rocket during LOX fueling (Credit: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation)

“We are very interested in hosting the small launcher operators who are now coming on-line,” Matt Steele, Vice President of Business Development for AAC, said. “Working with GSC, we have already been able to implement and tailor a number of the logistics, facility, and safety functions that they require. We look forward to the next phase of development and supporting future GSC operations in Alaska.”

Alaska Aerospace Corporation is a state-owned corporation established to develop a high-technology aerospace industry in Alaska. AAC owns and operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex -Alaska (PSC-A) and is the worldwide distributor for RapidEye multispectral imagery of Alaska. Its corporate offices are in Anchorage, Alaska.

Garvey Spacecraft Corporation is a California-based company that is developing a series of nanosat launch vehicles to provide dedicated launch services to the emerging cubesat and nanosat user communities. Additional partners on this project included the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Flight Works, Inc. and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • savuporo

    This is exciting. Garvey has steadily built up expertise, flight experience and capabilities over the years, nay decades. The rockets are actually being re-used.
    There might be a real, affordable nanosat launch vehicle being fielded here.

  • windbourne

    Good luck to them.
    I suspect that we are going to see loads of nanosats going into polar orbit.
    One that I would love to see, is new ground of OCO2 type sats, but in nanoform.
    We need to know how CO2 flows in and out of ALL nations. RIght now, nations like China do not allow real measurements so they simply ‘give’ data to others. And who is to say that the data is accurate? Only fools believe that.

    BUT, OCO2 is already showing that nations are cheating on data. And with a small network, we would be able to REALLY see where CO2 flow in, out and around.

  • patb2009

    John Garvey is very smart and very competent.

  • Snofru Chufu

    However, as we can observe at Mr. Garvey’s example: It is a long, long way if you try to develop a launcher without necessary money/budget and manpower available. Another example of this kind is Interorbital.

  • savuporo

    Doing anything as complex as getting a biprop rocket to fly is always a long, long way. Engineering is hard, there is no way around it.
    However, there is a silver lining here. If your rocket company is forced to live on minimum sustaining cash, it forces cheap and efficient means of accomplishing things.
    Fast, good, cheap, pick any two. Garvey has picked good and cheap.

    P.S. I think InterOrbital is not a credible entity, their main competitor would be Paul Moller

  • Larry J

    It’s good to see so many companies attempt to develop small boosters. I do wonder if there will be too many companies for too small a market. Time will tell. If that happens, it’d be interesting to see some of the companies combine their innovative technologies. For example, one company is developing an aerospike engine and another is developing electric propellant pumps. It seems those two ideas would work well together to create something better than what either company is creating by themselves.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Mr. Garvey was forced to spend much time in training students, just to survive.

  • duheagle

    I can’t see where such carbon data would have any consequential effects, but it might be worth a chuckle or two when the climate change-niks heads explode upon discovering that blue states are huge net carbon emitters while most red states are huge carbon sinks due to forest cover and/or agriculture.

    As for China, well, China will do what China will do. If it makes you feel better to be able to finger-wag them about their carbon emissions to two or three significant figures instead of one, well, hey, whatever floats yer boat.

  • windbourne

    Actually, you have that wrong.
    In POF, the majority of lowest ones are the blues and the majority of highest are the reds.

    There are based on REAL numbers, not based on a lying gov.

    But in particular, when you normalize each state based on say per $ GDP,

    Or on per capita:


    nearly all of the reds are WAY up there.

    As to CHina, it is very easy to stop them. Sadly, because the far left does not care about China (esp. they believe their gov’s BS about coal, etc), it will take real numbers to stop that.

  • yellowporcupine

    There has been fewer than one launch per year at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (aka Space Pork Kodiak – Launch Pad to Nowhere) since the first launch in 1998 and no launches in the last two years with no future launches scheduled. The last rocket launched blew up four seconds after liftoff. All launches have been government funded, primarily military. The PSC-A is totally dependent on federal funding – launch revenues do not even cover the cost of keeping the facility open. AAC high-salaried executives have procured themselves a sinecure.