The Camden County Joint Development Authority sent out a media advisory on Tuesday morning stating that an aerospace company has committed to working with Spaceport Camden.
The media advisory did not mention the name of the company who is planning to put down roots in Camden County. There will be a press conference held on Monday, Sept. 17 at 121 Industrial Dr. St. Marys, Georgia at 1:30 p.m.
In 2015, the Camden County Board of County Commissioners began the process of obtaining a launch site operator’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build and operate a proposed spaceport near Woodbine, Georgia.
A few companies have courted the potential spaceport site in Camden County in the last year. Vector Space Systems launched a small satellite test rocket in August of 2017, and ABL Space Systems came for a visit in May 2018 to examine the site.
ABL Space Systems is the only company that has codified a memorandum of understanding in March 2018 to explore the test, manufacture, assemble, and launches orbital vehicles in Camden County. However, the media advisory has not stated who the company is at this time.
In March of 2018, a poll was released by the University of Georgia, and commissioned by the Georgia REALTORS® (GAR), said that 59 percent of county residents support the spaceport while 21 percent were opposed and 18 percent were neutral and two percent had no opinion. Additionally, an economic impact study completed by Georgia Southern stated the Spaceport would have a $20 million annual impact.
The Georgia Spaceflight Act was passed in March of 2017 which limits the liability of space flight operators that are launching tourists into space. However, much opposition of a local spaceport mainly surrounds launch trajectory over Cumberland Island and potential environmental risks to the area.
Spaceport Camden still awaits Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a launch license as a final Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has not been released. A public comment period concluded on June 14 on a draft environmental study, where many participants spoke for and against the Spaceport coming to Camden County and Georgia. The EIS process is expected to be completed soon, according to sources, and the launch license is expected to be finalized sometime in 2019.
Since the conclusion of the public comment period of the draft EIS, Spaceport Camden has named many to the Education and Workforce Subcommittees to help promote STEM education in the region.
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