- 5/8/2017 - Governor Deal Signs HB 1: Launches Georgia's Space Industry - 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 space flight operators launching tourists into space. However, HB 1 was seen as must pass legislation to show that Georgia is a competitive player in the commercial space industry. To read the full press release, click here.
- 4/18/2017 - Vice Admiral Al Konetzni to Join Spaceport Camden Steering Committee- 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 Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to the operations at Spaceport Camden. To read the full press release, click here.
- 2/16/2017 - Statement of Spaceport Camden Lead Steve Howard on the Passage of SB46 and HB1 in the Georgia General Assembly- “For more than a year, we have worked with leaders in the Georgia House and Senate to develop legislation that demonstrates to the commercial space industry that Georgia is open for business. I am proud to report that the industry has been watching. Since the passage of SB 46 yesterday, I have received several calls and inquiries from industry participants that are recognizing Georgia is serious about space. Passage of HB 1 today will only continue to drive that message home." To read the full press release, click here.
- 12/15/2016 - Georgia Senate Study Committee Recommends Spaceflight Legislation - At a meeting in Atlanta this morning, the Senate Study Committee on the Camden County Spaceport finalized its recommendations to the General Assembly on the challenges and opportunities related to a spaceport in Georgia. The principle finding of 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. To read the full press release, click here.
- 9/27/2016 - Georgia Senate Appoints Camden County Commissioners to Senate Camden County Spaceport Study Committee - The Georgia Senate recently appointed members to the Senate Camden County Spaceport Study Committee, including two Commissioners from Camden County. The members of the study committee include Committee Chair, Senator Bruce Thompson, Senator Valencia Seay, Senator William Ligon, Senator John Kennedy, Camden County Commissioner Jimmy Starline, Camden County Commissioner Chuck Clark, Aaron Hawkins (ViaSat), Colin Ake (Georgia Tech), and Glenn Lightsey, Ph. D. (Georgia Tech). To read the full press release, click here.
- 9/21/2016 - New Appointment to Spaceport Camden Steering Committee - The Camden County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Stephen Fleming to the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee upon the recommendation of County Administrator Steve Howard. Stephen Fleming is a highly successful senior executive with leadership experience in startups, multinationals, private equity, and university-based economic development. To read the full press release, click here.
- 4/27/2016 - Gerald L. Pouncey, Jr. Joins Spaceport Camden Project Team - Spaceport Camden has partnered with Gerald L Pouncey Jr., Senior Partner with Morris, Manning & Martin and head of the Environmental, Infrastructure and Land Use Practice at the firm. His primary focus at the firm is the acquisition, disposition and/or the redevelopment of major properties (including state and federal superfund sites), mergers, investments and financing related to such properties and the development and implementation of green energy technologies and strategies. He lectures nationally on these topics.
“I am confident that Mr. Pouncey will be a great asset to the Spaceport Camden project team,” said Steve Howard, project lead for Spaceport Camden. “I look forward to working with him as we move this important project forward for Georgia.”
Mr. Pouncey has served as lead environmental counsel for the Atlantic Station project, a $2 billion award-winning smart growth project, which is the nation’s largest brownfield redevelopment. His work included acquisition and redevelopment of the project. Mr. Pouncey was the lead negotiator for locating the $400 million Toyo Tire facility in Georgia. He also served as the environmental counsel to Jacoby Development in Jacoby’s acquisition of the former Ford Auto Assembly Plant in Hapeville, Georgia, a 130-acre Brownfield south of Atlanta.
- 4/25/2016 - Spaceport Camden Partners with NASA Innovation Competition - Spaceport Camden has partnered with Startup NASA’s SPACE RACE in order to launch the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Spaceport Camden Project Leader, Steve Howard, will serve as a judge in the SPACE RACE competition where student-based teams aim to commercialize promising NASA inventions through a startup challenge. Entries are being accepted until May 1st and judging will occur in early September.
“I am excited to represent Spaceport Camden as a judge for Startup NASA’s SPACE RACE,” said Mr. Howard. “These students are our future. The technologies they commercialize and the companies they found will propel humanity forward beyond the edge of what’s currently possible. That’s the vision of Spaceport Camden and we are thrilled to support the SPACE RACE challenge.”
The SPACE RACE allows college students to meet world-class mentors/advisors, win prize money, as well as launch a startup around a commercially viable NASA invention. Teams will also have an opportunity to earn seed funding and make a significant, sustainable impact on our region.
“We are confident that this challenge will foster a new generation of talented and highly motivated entrepreneurs and we are grateful for the support of national space industry leaders like Steve Howard,” said Rosemarie Truman, Founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI). “Spaceport Camden is a necessary and strategic East-Coast asset in the commercial space industry’s infrastructure portfolio and we expect it will play host to many of the companies spun off through the SPACE RACE.”
For more information on the SPACE RACE, go to http://www.space-race.org or the NASA.gov homepage.
- 3/29/2016 - Georgia Senate Establishes Study Committee for Spaceport Camden (Group of Nine to Review the Project Throughtout 2016) - The Georgia Senate passed a resolution (SR1159) to establish a study committee to examine further the benefits of Spaceport Camden to the state. The committee will be comprised of four members of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate. Five nonlegislative members, including two Camden County officials, two business leaders familiar with the commercial space industry and a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology Guggenheim School.
“This is a big step forward for Spaceport Camden and we are grateful for the interest of the General Assembly in the project moving ahead,” said Steve Howard, Camden County Administrator and Spaceport Camden Project Leader. “We look forward to many fruitful meetings of the study committee, and we thank the Senate for providing resources to make this a reality.”
The Georgia House of Representatives also established a subcommittee on Commercial Space within the Science and Technology Committee, to be chaired by Rep. Jason Spencer of Woodbine. The seven-member subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Spencer, will meet during the summer and fall to finalize the legal details needed to put in place the enabling legislation to spark the growth of the commercial space industry in Georgia. “Georgia has a unique opportunity to position itself as an aerospace industry leader due to its education, key infrastructure, and strategic location,” said Rep. Spencer. The subcommittee will make recommendations and issue a report of its findings to the full House Science and Technology Committee and the House of Representatives.
- 2/29/2016 - Rep. Spencer's Georgia Spaceflight Act Passes House - The Georgia House of Representatives today passed House Bill 734, the Georgia Spaceflight Act (GSA), sponsored by State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) by a vote of 164-8. The bill would define procedures for spaceflight activity in Georgia. “I am grateful to my colleagues who voted to bring much needed high-tech jobs to our state,” said Rep. Spencer. “Camden County, as well as the state of Georgia, is on its way to making history again. Today’s passage of HB 734 sends a huge message to the commercial space industry that Georgia is now in the commercial space race.” “This bill signifies Georgia’s ability to compete on a global scale for a piece of the more than $300 billion commercial space marketplace,” said Steve Howard, Camden County administrator and project leader for Spaceport Camden. “We are closer to bringing countless supply chain jobs and new high-paying jobs to the Coast and keeping Georgia’s top aerospace talent within our state’s borders.”
To read the full press release Click here.
- 2/24/2016 - Space Flight Act passes Hurdle - The Georgia Space Flight Act cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, February 23, 2016 when the state House Judiciary Committee approved an amended version of the legislation. State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, the bill’s sponsor, said the main changes were the elimination of noise and nuisance provisions. The changes will not negatively impact the efforts to establish a commercial spaceport in Camden County, he said. “This sends a message that Georgia is open for business in the space flight industry,” he said. “It was a win for jobs in Camden County.” For the full article please click HERE.
- 2/24/2016 - New Appointment to Spaceport Camden Steering Committee - On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at a regular scheduled meeting the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Dennis K. McBride to the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee upon the recommendation of County Administrator, Steve Howard. The Spaceport Steering Committee was formed in September 2015 along with the appointment of Allen Burns, Executive Director of the Coastal Regional Commission, to serve as Chairman. Last month on January 22, 2016 Dr. Robert D. Braun, Dr. Ann Proctor, and Mercedes A. Thompson were appointed as additional members to the Spaceport Steering Committee.
- 2/18/2016 - Georgia House Subcommittee Approves Bill that Boosts Proposed Commerical Spaceport in Camden County. A House subcommittee split along party lines Thursday in narrowly approving a bill designed to lure companies to a proposed commercial spaceport in Camden County. However, the subcommittee Republicans in the majority approved, by a vote of 4-3, a revised draft of House Bill 734 that no longer limits the right of nearby residents to sue companies for noise nuisances. For the complete article please click HERE.
- 1/22/2016 - Board of Camden County Commissioners Approve Appointments to the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee: At the regular scheduled meeting held January 19, 2016, upon the recommendation of County Administrator Steve Howard, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously appointed three (3) additional members to the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee. Mr. Howard recommended the appointments of Dr. Robert D. Braun; Dr. Ann Proctor; and Mercedes A. Thompson.
- 1/21/2016 - Spaceport Camden Project to testify before House Science & Technology Committee: State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) today announced that industry experts with the Spaceport Camden Project will present before the House Science and Technology Committee, Chaired by Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), when the committee meets on Tuesday, January 26, from 3:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. in room 506 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building. These individuals will present information on how the project is progressing and will answer questions from committee members.
- 11/06/2015 - Spaceport Camden Launches Forward: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation issued a Notice of Intent on November 6, 2015 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), open a public scoping period, and hold a public scoping meeting in Camden County, Georgia. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the FAA is preparing an EIS for the Camden County Board of Commissioners’ proposal to construct and operate Spaceport Camden, a commercial space launch site. The proposed launch site is located in an unincorporated area of Woodbine, in Camden County, Georgia, approximately 11.5 miles due east of the City of Woodbine, Georgia. To help determine the scope of the EIS, the FAA will host a public scoping meeting at the Cmadne County PUblic Services Authority (PSA) on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.
- 9/23/2015 - Spaceport Camden joins Commerical Spaceflight Federation (CSF) as an Executive Member: The release mentions Spaceport Camden of Camden County, Georgia. To view please click HERE.
- 9/17/2015 - Board of County Commissioners Authorize Formation of Spaceport Steering Committee: The Board unanimously approved the formation of a Spaceport Steering Committee at the special called meeting held tonight. The Board also approved County Administrator Steve Howard’s recommended appointment of Allen Burns, Coastal Regional Commission’s Executive Director, as the Chairman of this newly formed Committee. This approval is the first step in establishing the Committee. The County Administrator will bring back to the Board a finalized proposal regarding the suggested structuring and parameters of the Committee.
- 9/9/2015 - County signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): The Camden County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the Board of Commissioners meeting held tonight, September 8, 2015. As the lead agency, the FAA will select an independent contractor to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating a commercial space launch site in Camden County, Georgia. The EIS will be used to support the FAA’s determination on whether or not they should issue a Launch Site Operator License to Camden County.
The EIS and any related documents shall comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and appropriate Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and FAA environmental regulations and guidance (FAA Order 1050.IF), as well as all applicable local, state, and federal laws as appropriate.
- 7/14/2015 - Andrew Nelson joins Spaceport Camden Project Team: The Camden County Board of Commissioners and County Administrator Steve Howard are pleased to announce the recent addition of Andrew Nelson to the Spaceport Camden Project Team. Nelson is a recognized leader in the commercial space sector with a diverse background leading innovative entrepreneurial space companies, the development of new regulatory environments for the industry and working with governments on the formation of spaceports and operational sites for the industry.
- 6/3/2015 - Camden County Board of Commissioners approves Option Agreement for Real Estate: The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an option agreement to purchase 4,011 acres, more or less. The subject property was the former location where the world's most powerful rocket motor was test fired in the 1960's. "This exciting announcement advances the project forward and aligns with the county's vision of developing a world-class spaceport," stated Steve Howard County Administrator.