OFFICE OF RESPONSIVE SPACE SUPER STRYPI

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This website has been established to provide you with a source for information about the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA).

On 11 February 1988, President Reagan announced a new National Space Policy that included a 15-point commercial space initiative that provides a revised framework for U.S. space activities. The President stressed that “United States commercial launch operations are an integral element of a robust national space launch capability.” This concept has endured and remains true today in the 2010 National Space Policy that continues to encourage the private sector’s role in ensuring access to space. In 2007 the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) was established within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the College of Engineering. One of the missions of the HSFL is to develop and launch small spacecraft from the Hawaiian Islands, and to accelerate the validation of new space technologies. Along those lines, HSFL began the initial program to support a complete space system that included launch, spacecraft, and ground station components along with their primary mission of volcanic observation. This program would demonstrate that the Super Strypi system can become a reliable launch system to support orbital requirements and mission needs.

Over the years the launch vehicle concept has evolved, as has the U.S. Government’s interest in developing low-cost launch systems for an emerging small satellite capability. The U.S. Government also recognizes that the same capability is needed across the U.S. space industry. Building upon the work that had previously been accomplished by HSFL, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Aerojet, and PMRF, a formal Super Strypi program was established. The ORS Office provides the program management functions with support from HSFL. In addition to their program management support, HSFL provides the contractual relationship with Aerojet to develop and provide the three solid rocket motors as well as the modification of the Kokole Point rail launcher needed for each Super Strypi launch. SNL serves as the launch vehicle integrator and brings the expertise of developing a rocket system. Additionally, the Super Strypi Project, once successful, could support the future development of the U.S. aerospace work force as it provides space access to University programs, encourages entrepreneurship and industrial relations within the scientific community.

PMRF is an instrumented, multi-environment test (and training) range capable of supporting subsurface, surface, air, and space activities. The installation is located in Hawaii on the western shore of the island of Kauai. PMRF Open Ocean Areas to the north, south, and west of Kauai include 1,322 square miles of underwater ranges and 55,599 square miles of controlled airspace.

This proposed southern launch capability would be reestablished from the Kokole Point Launch Pad (formerly Pad 41) at Kokole Point in the southern portion of PMRF. This EA describes the Proposed Action, which would require the modification of the Kokole Point Launch Pad, and installation of a rail launch system at the modified the Kokole Point Launch Pad . In addition to PMRF, the program may use assets belonging to the Kauai Test Facility (KTF). On PMRF, SNL manages and operates KTF for the Department of Energy (DOE) under a 1987 PMRF/DOE interagency support agreement. KTF is located on two areas of PMRF and has been an active rocket-launching facility since 1962. From 1985 to 1992 there were 12 launches from Pad 41, the Kokole Point Launch Pad.

The original launch system at Kokole Point was removed in the mid 1990s. A modified Scout erector, which is capable of a heavier launch weight than the original PMRF launcher, would be installed on the Kokole Point Launch Pad. A maximum of two Super Strypi launches are proposed. The first launch is planned to occur in September 2013, and the second launch is planned to occur in the following year as additional funding becomes available.

The Environmental Assessment:

The Final Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact are available on the project website. Questions regarding these documents or requests for additional copies should be addressed to Mr. Adel Hashad, at SMC/ENCE, Attention: Mr. Adel Hashad, P.E., SMC/ENCE, 483 North Aviation Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245-2808, or by calling (310) 653-1217, or by email at adel.hashad@us.af.mil.