ANCHORAGE, ALASKA -- Pacific Dataport is preparing for the launch of their first purpose-built satellite named “Aurora 4A”. Aurora 4A will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, from pad 39-A. The launch window is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2023 at 3:29pm AK. The above photo is the actual SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket loaded and ready to go!
- Microcom and Pacific Dataport are LOCAL companies
- This satellite launch is five years in the making
- This is the first micro-GEO HTS satellite ever launched into space
- Aurora 4A will cover Alaska with affordable broadband
UPDATE: Pacific Dataport's first attempted launch was Wednesday (4/26), but scrubbed due to a pre-launch testing hold. The second attempt was Thursday (4/27). The second attempt was scrubbed when weather around the Cape Canaveral area became beyond acceptable for launching. This included a torrential downpour, continuous lightening, thunder, and even a few tornado watches in the launch pad areas. Pacific Dataport's third attempt is scheduled for today, Friday, April 28, 2023 at 3:29pm AK.
Aurora 4A provides ubiquitous, statewide middle mile coverage. This new middle mile option will allow all NTIA BEAD and TBC fiber buildout award recipients to build out their last mile first and use satellite middle mile to get communities connected immediately. When the subsea or terrestrial middle mile to the community is completed years later, the satellite middle mile can be used as a backup middle mile source. This method ensures every Alaska Native community gets connected with affordable broadband quickly without waiting and provides communities with a resilient broadband network.
THE ANCHORAGE LAUNCH PARTY
Please feel free to join us today at the Microcom flagship store located at International and C Street from 3pm to 4pm AK. This event is open to the public and staff will be prepared with a fresh batch of cookies and drinks. For those hoping to view the launch online, a live video feed can be found at the SpaceX YouTube page HERE.
Pacific Dataport's Mission:
Affordable, High-Quality Broadband for All Alaskans
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About Pacific Dataport Inc. – Pacific Dataport Inc. (PDI) is a satellite middle mile provider headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. PDI was founded “by Alaskans, for Alaskans” to enable Internet access for everyone, everywhere in Alaska. PDI is focused on providing affordable middle mile and last mile broadband using the newest satellite technology from the Aurora (GEO HTS) and OneWeb (LEO) Networks. PDI clients include telecoms (wired & wireless), non-profits, hospitals, health clinics, schools, libraries, governments (Tribal, local, state & federal) and Alaska Native Corporations, Villages, Tribes, and Tribal broadband consortiums. www.auroraiv.com
About Microcom – Microcom is a direct-to-consumer broadband provider located in Anchorage, Alaska. Microcom also offers the design, sales, installation and maintenance of WISP (wireless internet service provider) systems throughout Alaska. These systems work best in remote Alaska where a Tribal organization is bringing broadband to their community. Microcom services include feasibility studies, engineering, system design, equipment procurement, installation, network operation and management, billing and customer support, and backhaul/Internet capacity. Serving all of Alaska for nearly 40 years, Microcom is fully staffed with technicians across the state. www.microcom.tv
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