KEAAU, Hawaii - Could the Big Island soon be home to a spaceport? That's the plan from Alaska Aerospace Corporation. 

It proposes a small satellite launch facility in Keaau that it's calling the Pacific Spaceport Complex. The aerospace company says the rockets would have an average height of 40 feet and the area would have two launch pads.

Activists- like the 600 members of Malama Hamakua- are upset about the idea. The aerospace company says the rockets would be about 40 feet tall.

Environmentalists and many residents oppose the idea and say they are planning a non-violent protest at the public meeting. Pablo Beimler is with Malama Hamakua and explains the group's position: "We see the spaceport as an environmental justice catastrophe. It's being built by another outside entity looking to benefit off Hawaii's natural resources at the expense of local communities."

The corporation is holding a public meeting Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Naniloa Resort in Hilo. More at