Why Georgia Is On The Minds of Aerospace Companies

With an ideal location on the coast of Georgia bordering northeast Florida, Camden County is strategically positioned to be one of the most important commercial spaceports in the United States. Once approved, Spaceport Camden will be the only exclusively vertical, non-federal range on the East Coast.

Camden County, Georgia has an exciting opportunity to make history again. The emerging commercial space market is poised to fuel the future growth in Georgia’s space industry, and we are well positioned to capitalize on the global $420-billion space industry. 

Why Coastal Georgia?

Spaceport Camden is not only an ideal location due to its cost-effective launch trajectories, but it is also in close proximity to interstate, railroad, airport and barge access. Additionally, Georgia is home to the largest airport in the world, has eight regional airports, expanding military bases and access to Virginia’s Wallops Island and Kennedy spaceports.

Additionally, Georgia has been crowned number one in the 2020 annual Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings report. This annual ranking report is a guide to promising geographic locations for aerospace development. The index offers comparisons within the U.S. and globally as well, providing organizations with data they can leverage to help plan for the future.

Georgia is home to more than 800 major aerospace companies, including Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace and Meggitt Polymers & Composites. Georgia’s No. 1 export, worth $10.8 billion, is aerospace products. Aerospace products are also Georgia’s second largest manufacturing industry, worth $57.5 billion. 

What many may not know is that Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is the alma mater for 14 astronauts out of the hundreds hired by NASA, tying them for second among public universities. This university has one of the oldest and largest aerospace programs in the country. It is also the largest producer of aerospace engineers in the U.S.; however, many of these graduates leave the state due to Georgia lacking a licensed spaceport. A licensed spaceport would lead to more employment opportunities for these graduates to keep this talent in state.

“If approved, this project will serve as the foundation for a space sector transformation in Southeast Georgia. It will create both direct and indirect jobs and increase tourism. This project would be a boost to both higher education and STEM programs across the state.”

– Dr. Bobby Braun, Aerospace Engineer, Dean, University of Colorado Boulder, NASA’s former Chief Technologist & former Georgia Tech aerospace engineering professor who received the first-ever Space Technology Award by the American Astronautical Society

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