KODIAK LAUNCH COMPLEXNarrow Cape, Alaska
CREATING STORAGE IN THE LAST FRONTIER
Alaska Aerospace Corporation
The new design for the Rocket Motor Storage Facility (RMSF) at Kodiak Launch Complex is based upon Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB) approved designs for Earth Covered Magazines (ECM) and modified by BRPH for the arctic environment. New elements of the design address heating, ventilation, humidity monitoring and control, and full communications connectivity. These were critical factors in order to meet the rapid deployment requirement of Operationally Responsive Space.
The project required a new foundation design to support rails to accommodate rail-to-rail transfer of a fully assembled launch vehicle from a transporter into the RMSF/ECM. Power and communications conveyances are included between the ECM’s and new design communications buildings to permit continuous monitoring of launch vehicle conditions.
The RMSF design included a small utility annex to house the equipment for in-slab heating, temperature and humidity control, and emergency power. This design allowed flexibility in choosing the sequencing of construction projects based upon available funding. The RMSF facilities and site design supports modular expansion. Initial design included five ECMs and the capability to store five fully assembled launch vehicles.