16 August 2014
After a hiatus of nearly three years, the Kodiak Launch Complex at Narrow Cape will send up a rocket - one
carrying an experimental weapon - sometime during a launch window set for Aug. 24-29.
The launch is a second test of new technology called 'the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon under development by the u.s. Anny Space and Missile Defense Command. According to the Army's environmental assessment a three-stage booster rocket will propel an experimental long-range vehicle meant to glide at hypersonic speed (faster than Mach 5) from the upper atmosphere to a landing in the Marshall Islands.
A first test of the system took place on Nov. 17, 2011, launching from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii.
In an article on the Army website, www.army.mil., Jason B. Cutshaw wrote, "The conical-shaped AHW is designed to meet the demand~ ing environments and operations of continental United States-based systems capable of global strikes. As a precision glide body• flying at supersonic speeds" •the• ,AHW can deliver a Variety of payloads. at medium and global ranges."
Alaska Aerospace Corporation,
the state-owned operator of the
complex about 30 miles south
of the city of Kodiak, has not
announced a more precise day or
time for the launch. According to
an announcement from Alaska