Spaceport coming to Southeast Georgia?

Beyond the security gate at the end of Harriet's Bluff Road, lies the future home of Spaceport Camden.

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Beyond the security gate at the end of Harriet's Bluff Road in Camden County, lies the future home of Spaceport Camden.

"The state and the region are definitely behind that site and we want to be the next spaceport," said Tonya Rosado.

Rosado is with the Camden County Chamber and she is excited about the project.

"We are talking about a lot of high end jobs," she said.

If your are asking why Camden County? Well those who are behind the proposal say if you check the history books Camden County has a connection to the space race going back to 1960.

The former industrial site is where the world's most powerful rocket motor was test fired in the '60s. The county administrator has been working on the project for the past 20-months and on Wednesday it moved forward.

The Camden County Commission approved an option to buy 4,000 acres for the proposed spaceport.

"Camden Spaceport will be a game changer for Camden county for Southeast Georgia and Georgia as a whole," said Rosado.

County Administrator Steve Howard, the man spearheading the project, agrees.

"We have a long way to go," said Howard, "this is a big step."

Howard said the vision includes several launches and landings per year, as well as manufacturing.

"The business that will come, the economic development it will bring, " said Rosado, "the tourism business it will bring we are excited about that as well."

Now that a location is secured, Howard said the next step is an environmental impact study by the FAA. He said that will take 18 months.

Howard said the study will generate an operational license and put Southeast Georgia in the space business. According to the Space Foundation report the global space economy is $314 billion a year.

Rosado said given the Camden County infrastructure and pool of technical talent from nearby Kings Bay, a nuclear submarine base, Camden County is very prepared for a future in the space industry.

"It is not so unusual that we deal with big world issues," she said, "we just don't talk about it, we just do it."


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