Your Favorite Cocktail is More Like Rocket Fuel Than You Realize

If you have ever had a bartender with a generous pour, you’ve probably heard someone say their drink is “pure rocket fuel.”  The connotation, of course, is that the drink is so stiff, that it is caustic and dangerous. And in the early days of rocket development, this comparison wouldn’t have been too far off.  Propellants…

Information on the Coast Guard Safety Zones and Public Meeting

Camden County’s application to the FAA for a launch site operator license (LSOL) proposes up to 12 annual launches and landings (with one possible nighttime launch and landing per year) and up to 24 tests (up to 12 wet dress rehearsals and up to 12 static fire tests). The tests will occur near, and the…

Space and Nature – An Unlikely But Harmonious Marriage

During the public comment period for the Spaceport Camden Draft EIS, the FAA heard from a variety of environmental groups that Spaceport Camden would degrade the value of Cumberland Island National Seashore and the wilderness area.  To help put these claims into perspective, it is informative to consider the proposed Spaceport Camden in light of…

The ABCs of OEZs: Understanding Spaceport Camden’s Safety Criteria

Last week the Tribune & Georgian printed some excerpt of emails exchanged between Camden County and property owners on Little Cumberland Island regarding Land Hazard Areas, overflight exclusion zones and their potential to close and/or require evacuations of Cumberland Island and Little Cumberland Island. This blog post will explain how these terms are used in…

Where are we? & Where are we going?

On behalf of the Camden County Board of Commissioners, thank you very much to all of the folks who attended the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) public hearings on the draft Spaceport Camden Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Kingsland, Georgia on April 11 and 12, 2018. We encourage your involvement in the FAA’s environmental review process,…

What is the Spaceport Camden Draft EIS?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a U.S. statute that requires Federal agencies to evaluate the potential environmental effects of their proposed actions, and inform and involve the public prior to making decisions. NEPA applies to a Federal agency’s decisions and actions, including the approval of proposed projects like Spaceport Camden. The Federal Aviation…

Governor Deal Signs HB 1: Launches Georgia’s Space Industry

ATLANTA – May 8, 2017 – This morning, before Members of the Camden County Board of Commissioners, the Camden Partnership, the Joint Development Authority, the Coastal Regional Commission and the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 1.  Known informally as the “Georgia Space Flight Act” HB 1 limits the liability of…

Vice Admiral Al Konetzni to Join Spaceport Camden Steering Committee

WOODBINE, GEORGIA – April 18, 2017 – The former deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and commander of the U.S. Pacific Submarine Fleet is joining the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee. Vice Admiral, Al Konetzni, United States Navy (ret.) will advise Camden County officials on ways to integrate transitioning military from…

Georgia Senate Study Committee Recommends Spaceflight Legislation

Yesterday, the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Spaceport Camden held its final meeting in Atlanta and finalized their recommendations. The Study Committee urges the Georgia General Assembly to propose and pass legislation that sends a clear signal to the commercial space community that Georgia is open for business. The Camden County Board of Commissioners welcomes the Committee’s…

Camden County Board of Commissioners Responds to Georgia Water Coalition Campaign

Today, the Camden County Board of Commissioners delivered a rebuttal to the Georgia Water Coalition in response to their recent disparaging publication. Not only did the Georgia Water Coalition not contact Camden County prior to the publication , they also listed a number of blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods in its publication that Camden County  is hereby…

Spaceport Camden is an Opportunity for Georgia Manufacturing Jobs

Georgia has lost more than 148,000 manufacturing jobs over since the turn of the millennium and less than 400,000 manufacturing jobs remain in the state.  At the current rate of decline, Georgia stands to lose all manufacturing jobs by 2028.  The loss of our manufacturing base would put more people out of work than the…