Omelek Island

Omelek Island (Marshallese: Kom̧le, pronounced broadly /kʷɘmˠlʲɘɦʲ/ or narrowly ) is part of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is controlled by the United States military under a long-term lease (along with ten other islands in the atoll) and is part of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site.

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Omelek Island - History
... Omelek has long been used by the United States for small research rocket launches due to its relative isolation in the South Pacific ... More recently, the island's equatorial proximity and nearby radar tracking infrastructure have attracted SpaceX, an orbital launch provider, which updated facilities on the island and established it as ... SpaceX began launching Falcon 1 rockets from Omelek in 2006 ...

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