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Thu Jun 1, 2017, 10:27 PM

After setbacks, Alaska space business again has high hopes

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) When most people think of Alaska, they picture its thick forests, hulking grizzly bears and soaring, snow-covered peaks.

What they might not imagine is rockets whisking defense and other payloads into space. But America's northernmost state has that too, entering the high-tech aerospace business more than 25 years ago as it looked to diversify its oil-reliant economy.

The state-owned Alaska Aerospace Corp. hit a low point after a rocket exploded at its launch site in 2014 amid a deepening state deficit. The governor later gave it an ultimatum: Become self-sustaining or shut down.

Today, Alaska Aerospace has rebuilt its launch site and is again showing signs of liftoff. It is no longer confined to Alaska or government contracts, recently winning, for example, a deal with Rocket Lab to track the company's rockets and monitor its onboard systems in New Zealand.

Read more: http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/after-setbacks-alaska-space-business-again-has-high-hopes/article_89c280c6-3cbd-5e53-9f5b-dd32936f9f58.html

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Thu Jun 1, 2017, 11:12 PM

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