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CAMDEN COUNTY • GEORGIA • USA

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INNOVATION RESEARCH PARK & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

SPACEPORT CAMDEN PROJECT LEADER Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO County Administrator Camden County, Georgia AUTHOR Laura Forczyk Astralytical ENGINEERING Thomas & Hutton PRODUCTION & GRAPHICS Thomas & Hutton SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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INTRODUCTION

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CAMDEN COUNTY, GEORGIA

CAMDEN COUNTY EMPLOYMENT TRENDS

CAMDEN COUNTY HIGH-TECH HISTORY

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NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, KINGS BAY

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SPACEPORT CAMDEN

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Artist Renderings of Innovation Research Park Courtesy of SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.

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LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY

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AEROSPACE IN GEORGIA

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CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

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GEORGIA BUSINESS INCENTIVES

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INNOVATION RESEARCH PARK

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SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH

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EDUCATION & CAREER TRAINING

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PRIMARY SCHOOL

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HIGH SCHOOL CAREER PREP

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HIGHER EDUCATION

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SPACEPORT EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

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CAREER TRANSITIONS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PRIVATE SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING TOURISM & COMMUNITY LEARNING

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WELCOMING VISITORS

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SPACE AND NATURE

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A PLACE FOR LEARNING

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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CENTRAL AEROSPACE HUB

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APPENDIX

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METHODOLOGY

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REFERENCES

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

"For the last four years, numerous companies have found that Georgia is the best state in the nation to do business and we look forward to Spaceport launch a rocket." - Gov. Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia

MISSION POSSIBLE: Spaceport Camden’s Innovation Research Park & Educational Opportunities presents a collection of ideas for the proposed Spaceport Camden and surrounding area based on current facilities and programs, presumed spaceport needs, and potential supplemental and related markets. This report is not an economic analysis. The proposed possibilities contained in this report are not predictions nor business plans, but rather opportunities for the Camden County community, the state of Georgia, and the greater aerospace community to take advantage of during the development and operations of Spaceport Camden. CAMDEN COUNTY, GEORGIA , with its notable aerospace history, high-tech military workforce, and advantageous geographical location, is in the process of gaining approvals to begin construction and operations at Spaceport Camden. The aerospace industry is strong in Georgia, and within it is a small but growing space sector. Georgia’s favorable business climate will encourage further space sector growth in Camden County and other regions of Georgia.

Courtesy of ready.ga.gov

Camden becoming the best place in the nation to

CAMDEN COUNTY primary and secondary schools and higher education colleges and universities are already developing new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and looking ahead to Spaceport Camden’s workforce needs and community benefits. Current and retired employees from Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay offer an existing technical workforce in Camden County. Additional educational and workforce training programs could be introduced for Spaceport Camden’s workforce needs. A WIDE VARIETY of potential private spaceflight training, tourism, and community learning facilities and programs could benefit from locating at Spaceport Camden. With its central location to existing spaceports and high-tech hubs, Spaceport Camden is ideally suited to meet the needs of the aerospace community on the East Coast of the United States and around the world.

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INTRODUCTION CAMDEN COUNTY

CAMDEN COUNTY is looking ahead to the future. The southeast Georgia region, with a small but notable aerospace past and high-tech present, is proposing and preparing to become the new aerospace innovation hub. Located on the I-95 corridor next to the Atlantic Ocean, the proposed Spaceport Camden will take advantage of Camden County’s prime location to enter the over $300 billion space economy worldwide.

"If approved, this ABOUT CAMDEN COUNTY: Located in the extreme southeast corner of Georgia, Camden County truly is “Georgia’s Coastal project will serve Community of Choice.” Originally formed in 1777, Camden as the foundation County is best known for its rich history, natural scenic for a space sector beauty and Southern hospitality. Our vision is helping to make this the best place to live by preserving and transformation in enhancing the history and quality of life, while promoting southeast Georgia. It smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and will create both direct responsive government. and indirect jobs and increase tourism. This project would be a boost to both higher education CAMDEN COUNTY and STEM programs across the state.” 110

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INTRODUCTION CAMDEN COUNTY EMPLOYMENT TRENDS

"Spaceport Camden is just the kind of project we need in the district." - Rep. Buddy Carter, U.S. House of Representatives

CAMDEN COUNTY employment in all industries increased 21% between 2010 and 2015 with over 16,000 employed in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The above employment rate increase and employment numbers do not include Camden County residents who work outside the county.

workers in supporting roles and a wide variety of secondary industries including science, education, transportation and logistics, and tourism. A comprehensive but not exclusive list of potential new jobs and related industries is described in this report below. CAMDEN COUNTY EMPLOYMENT GRAPH 2010 - 2016

SPACEPORT CAMDEN and the adjoining Innovation Research Park would have the potential to increase Camden County and the surrounding region’s employment rates once spaceport development and activity begins. This will benefit current and new residents to the area. Potential new jobs will be created for technical and support workers at Spaceport Camden but also could include technical Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

CAMDEN COUNTY EMPLOYMENT FIGURES 2010-2016 Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Jan 13,254 13,432 14,165 14,261 14,771 15,980

Feb 13,187 13,531 14,102 14,047 14,810 16,123

Mar 13,124 13,642 14,264 14,051 14,782 16,226

Apr 13,342 13,844 14,415 14,297 15,035 16,338

May 13,512 13,911 14,481 14,441 15,251 16,417

Jun 13,574 13,889 14,279 14,265 15,144 16,214

Jul 13,378 13,967 14,149 14,262 15,280 15,948

Aug 13,425 13,971 14,329 14,561 15,560 16,063

Sep 13,355 13,822 14,291 14,416 15,574 15,960

Oct 13,540 13,913 14,570 14,753 15,761 15,981

Nov 13,433 13,942 14,556 15,015 15,895 15,996

Dec Annual 13,225 13,362 14,077 13,828 14,374 14,331 14,900 14,439 16,076 15,328 16,058 16,109

Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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INTRODUCTION CAMDEN COUNTY HIGH-TECH HISTORY

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1964,

Thiokol Chemical Corporation (now

due to low-cost shipping access to the then Kennedy

Orbital ATK) established a 36-building complex on

Space Center in Florida. In 1965, Thiokol tested a 13

7,400 acres in unincorporated Camden County,

foot, 3,000,000-pound-force thrust rocket motor –

Georgia for building and testing solid propellant

the world’s largest – from the complex.

rocket motors for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The site was chosen

Courtesy of Bryan-Lang Historical Archives

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Courtesy of Life Magazine


Courtesy of Thiokol Chemical Corporation

THIOKOL'S SPACE BOOSTER PLANT was located in Camden County, Georgia, along the intra-coastal waterway in 1963. Camden County was also considered a possible Apollo launch site in the 1961 study, “A Feasible Approach for an Early Manned Lunar Landing,� chaired by Bill Fleming, as seen in the map to the right. Of the six possible launch sites reviewed, Cumberland Island, Georgia was determined the only other serious launch site contender along with Merritt Island, Florida. (Declassified on February 28, 2005 by Norm Weinburg, NASA Headquarters.)

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INTRODUCTION NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE • KINGS BAY

ADJACENT TO ST. MARYS,

dry dock is the largest covered dry dock in the

the Naval Submarine Base,

Western hemisphere. Approximately nine miles of

Kings Bay is the U.S. Atlantic

St. Marys Railroad delivers various supplies and

Fleet's home port for U.S.

missile components by rail. The base also includes

Navy

Fleet

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ballistic

missile

12 emergency generators, three 900-feet fresh water

submarines

armed

wells, and one water treatment facility.

with Trident missile nuclear weapons. It is also the east coast

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CAMDEN

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approximately 50,000

home to eight Ohio-class submarines. The base makes

residents, the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay

up 7% of the U.S. Navy and accounts for 10% of Navy's

accounts for approximately 31,000 county residents

budget. The base hosts its own U.S. Coast Guard fleet

affiliated with the installation: active duty military,

and U.S. Marine Corps battalion.

family

members,

civilian

employees,

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military retirees. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. NAVY, the Trident Training Facility currently is the largest building in Camden County with more than 500,000 square feet of classrooms and office space. Trident Refit Facility's

Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay facilities include: • • • • •

Naval Submarine Support Center Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic Submarine Group 10 Trident Refit Facility Trident Training Facility

Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay 2010 Economic Study

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Courtesy of U.S. Navy


NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE • KINGS BAY 2010 ECONOMIC STUDY

Economic impact through payroll (approx.):

Economic impact through goods & service

$600 Million

(installation only):

$67.5 Million

Current personnel at NSB Kings Bay:

Active Duty - 5,244

"The highly trained officers Contractor - 1,672 and sailors that make up the TOTAL: 8,979 submarine force at Naval Submarine The economic impact each boat brings to the community is an estimated payroll between 15 and 16 million. Base, Kings Bay is just what the space Annual economic impact through retired annuitants: industry requires! $81.4 Million The transition of this Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay highly skilled work force is relatively easy. Once The annual economic impact is estimated to be they decide to retire or $19,692,232.00 voluntarily leave naval service, they would be a Coast Guard Maritime Safety Security Team great resource for Spaceport Camden." The annual economic impact is estimated to be Civilian Employees - 2,063

$8.6 Million

- Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, USN (ret) Spaceport Camden Steering Committee

Courtesy of The Camden Partnership

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INTRODUCTION SPACEPORT CAMDEN

"In the 1960s NASA tested some of the most powerful rockets ever constructed on the site proposed for Spaceport Camden and we benefited from that enthusiasm and hunger for innovation. Georgia looks forward to working with commercial space companies as we begin the next chapter of space exploration and innovation.� - Speaker David Ralston, Georgia House of Representatives

THE PROPOSED Spaceport Camden site is located on the I-95 corridor next to the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by a large undeveloped buffer zone. Coastal Camden County, Georgia provides sought after southern latitude and favorable launch azimuths allowing for cost effective launches. ORBITAL INCLINATIONS can be reached without the addition of costly propulsive maneuvers to change the orbital plane. These launches have the capability

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to fly due east, maximizing the velocity boost from the rotation of the Earth and enabling more payload to reach orbit. Spaceport Camden would be the only exclusively non-federal vertical launch site on the entire East Coast. This is a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the regional economy with a smart growth project and bring the $300+ billion global space economy to Georgia. Temperate weather permits launches year-round.

Rendering provided by SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.


Rendering provided by SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.

AS A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, Spaceport Camden eliminates the need for commercial space companies to sequence alongside governmental payloads or be saddled with some fede r a l government regulations that exists at other launch sites. Spaceport Camden will include: • • •

Vertical Launch Facility Landing Zone Operations Support Facilities

ON AUGUST 3, 2017, private launch company Vector successfully conducted a low-altitude test launch of a full-scale prototype of its Vector-R launch vehicle from Spaceport Camden. Vector has been awarded a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to develop the technology for Vector-R. One technology tested during the Spaceport Camden launch, a 3D printed engine injector, was developed in partnership with NASA's Science, Technology, and Mission Directorate (STMD) Flight Opportunities program at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. This first commercial rocket launch from Georgia also carried commercial payloads for Vector’s customers.

"A s a co mpan y, our goal is to fly a lot o f t hese. So we're talking about fly ing h u n dreds o f t h em in a y ear and to do t hi s f r om a n u mb er of different s paceports – Ca m den bein g one of the s paceports w e w i l l op erate f ro m." - Jim Cantrell, CEO Spaceport user Vector

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Courtesy of Vector

Courtesy of Vector

The above images are from the Vector test launch conducted on August 3rd, 2017 at the proposed Spaceport in Camden County, Georgia.

“By investing in Camden County to create the first commercial spaceport in Georgia — the only exclusively vertical, non-federal range on the East Coast — we are making a significant investment in our future. Georgia is ready to lead the nation and the world in building a workforce and an economy that is second to none.” - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia

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LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY AEROSPACE IN GEORGIA

"Spaceport Camden will be a huge financial boom not only to the Camden area but also southeast Georgia and the entire state of Georgia." -Rep. Jeff Jones, Georgia House of Representatives

THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY represents a large portion of Georgia’s economy, mostly due to aviation-related activity. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Center of Innovation for Aerospace (COIA), in 2015, the broad aerospace industry supported 268,232 jobs in Georgia, representing 6.5% of the state’s total employment and contributing $29.3 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) or 6% of the state’s total GDP. An increase in space-related activity in Georgia will increase Georgia’s overall economy. AN INCREASING NUMBER of companies are pursuing activities in the space industry in Georgia. The COIA determined there were 12 companies with some activities in the space sector in Georgia in 2015. These companies employed 915 employees that earned $122 million in wages and salaries and $333 million in economic activity. Further spending by space companies and their employees resulted in supporting an additional 1,548 indirect and induced jobs with wages of $74.3 million that resulted in

2015 GEORGIA AEROSPACE FIRMS BY COUNTY AND AEROSPACE EMPLOYEES BY REGION EMPLOYMENT Less than 600 600 to 999 1,000 to 9,999 10,000 to 24,999 25,000 and over

GEORGIA AEROSPACE FIRMS • Aerospace Firm Location COUNTY CONCENTRATION Counties with Zero Firms 1-5 6 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 40 41 - 79

output of $220.7 million. AN INCREASE in commercial space opportunities has resulted in growth of the space companies whose operations have generated an economic impact in the state of Georgia, according to COIA. As the adjacent table shows, space companies supported 2,463 total jobs that generated $196.2 million in wages and salaries and $555.8 million in output in Georgia in 2015.

Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Aerospace & Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute

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Courtesy of Biography.com

"I have always believed that Georgia should actively pursue today's $300+ billion commercial space industry, including by promoting coastal-area site for launching satellites and humans on commercial missions. I congratulate you on the leadership you have shown by taking this initial step to establish Spaceport Camden. “Although Georgia has an incredibly robust aviation industry, the spacefocused sector in Georgia lags behind other states. And although Georgia graduates hundreds of aerospace-related engineers each year, its investment in talent too often leaves the state for greener pastures. Additionally, talented and well-qualified engineers and technicians from Submarine Base Kings Bay and other military installations across the state transition out of the service every year. Many want to stay in Georgia, but frequently the opportunities are not there for them. Spaceport Camden may begin to help reverse that trend by creating high-paying technical jobs in Camden County, surrounding counties, and the Georgia coast.”

- Speaker Newt Gingrich Formerly Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia’s 6th district

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LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

AEROSPACE-RELA TED companies within Camden County are LB&B Associates and Lockheed Martin. Spaceport Camden will significantly change the industry and employment needs in Camden County, Georgia and the surrounding area. In addition to the high-tech industries and positions stemming from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, new markets and opportunities will be attracted to the area.

and other launch preparations. Launch is a complex production requiring the cooperation of a team of highly trained experts consisting of launch engineers, range safety, weather monitoring, flight safety, tracking, and a variety of other roles to ensure the success of the launch and mission. This team will also need to include fire safety and medical personnel.

At a minimum, Spaceport Camden will create the need for jobs within:

MISSION CARGO

Launch vehicle preparations

Launch operations and tracking

Safety systems and regulation compliance

Payload (cargo) processing

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and

IN ADDITION to the launch vehicle, the rocket will carry cargo called payload. Due to the small size of the spaceport, human astronauts will not be launching from Spaceport Camden in current plans. However, the cargo transported by the launch vehicles will be expected to launch to suborbital or orbital space safely. Payload processing will be needed to safely integrate the cargo into the rocket to ensure mission success.

other governmental oversight •

Launch tourism

GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT LAUNCH TEAM LAUNCH VEHICLES (i.e., rockets) are complex machines that require an educated high-tech workforce. Spaceport operations will create employment opportunities for personnel involved in safe launch vehicle transportation, assembly, fueling,

THE FAA issues commercial space transportation licenses and experimental permits for each commercial launch and landing. Rockets launching from Spaceport Camden will need approval from the FAA to gain a launch license or permit. Reusable rocket boosters landing at Spaceport Camden will need approval from the FAA for re-entry.

“Camden County and Georgia officials are working hard to see this project staff it. With Spaceport Camden, their efforts will deliver a huge payback for the community and the state.” – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

www.isakson.senate.gov

through to implementation and to ensure that we have the workforce to

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LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY CREATING OPPORTUNITIES

ATTRACTING VISITORS ALL LAUNCHES from Spaceport Camden, regardless of the size and payload, will capture the attention of the interested public. Regardless of whether encouraged or planned, Spaceport Camden launches are guaranteed to increase area tourism. Even rocket test firings will gather a crowd. Personnel will be needed to interact with the public, communicate launch operations and countdown, ensure public safety, and cater to human factors needs such as food and janitorial services.

POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN ADDITION to these basic needs, Spaceport Camden may create the need for supplemental and complementary markets and opportunities: • Components and suppliers

• High-tech start-up business incubator & accelerator

• Heavy industry and manufacturing

• Intellectual property, patent, and legal consulting

• Machine shops, high bays, and clean rooms

• Technical college expansion

• Warehousing, tank, and distribution logistics

• Continuing education (satellite campuses and

• Science and engineering research laboratories • Launch vehicle manufacturing and repair • Experimental and new launch vehicles testing • Payload design, manufacturing, and repair • Payload monitoring, control, and data analysis

online classrooms) • Community STEM education • Private spaceflight tourism • Educational and entertainment tourism

HIGH-TECH SUPPORT FLIGHT HARDWARE, both launch vehicles and payloads, are assembled from custom and flight-tested off-theshelf components. Suppliers of technical components, 3D printing technology, and other necessary hardware may benefit from locating near Spaceport Camden. Additionally, technicians trained in heavy industry such as welders, machinists, crane operators, and forklift operators may be needed to support flight hardware transportation and preparations. Machine shops, high bays, and clean rooms may be needed to accommodate flight hardware. Trained personnel will be needed to operate those facilities.

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SAFE STORAGE LAUNCH PREPARATIONS may require the safe storage of flight hardware, components, and fluids (liquids and gasses) needed for launch operations. Warehouses and tanks may be needed for proper storage. Transportation logistics such as truck fleets may be needed to move hardware, components, and fluids to and from the spaceport and storage facilities.

LABORATORY DISCOVERIES THE HIGH-TECH NATURE of launch and payload operations may encourage the creation of scientific and engineering research laboratories in the vicinity of the spaceport. These laboratories, operated by or in partnership with private companies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, or government entities, could contribute innovative research in the areas of aerospace engineering, spaceflight propulsion, space science, materials science, and other fields related to spaceport operations. Such research would be especially beneficial to encourage experimental and new launch vehicles to develop, test, and launch at Spaceport Camden.

PAYLOAD CREATION MOST SPACE PAYLOADS are designed, built, and tested at facilities away from launch sites, then shipped to the launch site to integrate into the launch vehicle prior to launch. Operations at Spaceport Camden may encourage the creation of payloads near the launch site, especially small satellites (smallsats) such as cubesats. Minimizing payload transportation time may be beneficial to time-sensitive payloads such as biological experiments. Payload monitoring, control, and data analysis of scientific results usually takes place where the payload was designed, which could be in the vicinity of the spaceport.

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BUSINESS CREATION SMALL BUSINESSES may form in response to the high-tech operations of the spaceport. An incubator program to encourage, educate, and guide start-up companies and an accelerator program to assist in growing and raising capital for successful start-ups could be created to facilitate the growth of this new sector in Camden County. These programs could be established and run by a company, government entity, educational institution, or another organization.

LEGAL SUPPORT HIGH-TECH INNOVATIVE business operations may attract the need for legal counsel specializing in intellectual property, patents, government regulations, and related space law. Law firms may locate near the spaceport to accommodate these needs.

EDUCATING THE WORKFORCE TRADITIONAL, CONTINUING, AND SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION to support spaceport operations and employment needs may encourage the creation of new programs and the expansion of existing programs. Existing and future Camden County residents will need to be educated or re-trained to meet the high-tech needs of spaceport operations. The spaceport may encourage the expansion of the technical college system into Camden County. Existing universities and degree granting institutions may establish satellite campuses in the vicinity of the spaceport. Area colleges and universities may create or expand online courses or degree programs to cater to the needs of spaceport employees.

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EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY SPACEPORT OPERATIONS, associated companies and organizations, and the workforce have the opportunity to inspire, inform, and benefit students at the elementary through high school level and beyond with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs such as internships, mentorships, job shadowing, career introductions, and financial support such as scholarships, fellowships, and grants. The broader Camden County and surrounding communities could benefit from similar interactions through high-tech job fairs, lecture series, science and engineering demonstrations and fairs, model rocket launches, and other STEM programs open to the public. Area elementary, middle, and high schools could be inspired to create STEM-based programs such as space-related student projects, aerospace course offerings, and STEM certifications.

SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING SPACEPORT CAMDEN could offer the opportunity to train humans for spaceflight. Private spaceflight tourism programs and facilities could be created near the spaceport to educate, train, and prepare private individuals for future suborbital or orbital space travel opportunities.

WELCOMING VISITORS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT tourism opportunities at and near the spaceport are extensive. Facilities and programs could include a spaceport visitor’s center, a museum focused on space science and local high-tech history and activities, handson science and engineering demonstrations, space camps for children, and other opportunities for the local community and visiting public.

"Spaceport Camden is a wonderful SenatorLigon.com

opportunity for Camden County." - Senator William Ligon, Georgia State Senate

Rendering provided by SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.

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LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY GEORGIA BUSINESS INCENTIVES

GEORGIA 2015 JOB TAX CREDIT TIERS

" I t ' s a g i ft t o be i n a po s i t i o n to we l c o m e S pa c e po r t C am d e n. " - Joe Antao, Chairman Camden Roundtable

ACCORDING TO the Georgia Department for Economic Development, tax credits give Georgia businesses the opportunity to minimize or even eliminate state corporate income tax. Tax credits apply to all qualifying companies – large, small and in between – rooted in Georgia or new to the state. TYPICALLY, corporate income tax credits apply to 50% of a company’s state tax liability in a given year. But in some cases, they can offset up to 100% of corporate income tax as well as payroll withholding liability.

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- Rep. Buddy Carter, U.S. House of Representatives

Some of the relevant primary tax credits Georgia extends to new and existing companies are:

JOB TAX CREDIT BUSINESSES IN GEORGIA’S strategic industries can earn as much as $4,000 in annual tax savings for each new job created, for up to five years. The exact value of the job credits depends on two factors: how many jobs are created and where.

QUALITY JOBS TAX CREDIT COMPANIES that create at least 50 jobs in a 12-month period – at wages that are at least 10% higher than the county average – qualify for a tax credit of $2,500 to $5,000 per job.

PORT TAX CREDIT BONUS GEORGIA COMPANIES that increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by at least 10% can qualify for a bonus tax credit. Two options are offered: an addition of $1,250 to the job tax credit or an adjustment in the investment tax credit.

WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT GEORGIA’S DEPARTMENT OF LABOR administers a federal tax credit to Georgia companies that hire individuals who have faced barriers to employment. The tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,000 per hire.

Office of Rep. Buddy Carter

"I want to see Spaceport Camden take off and be ultra successful."

MEGA PROJECT TAX CREDIT BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY at least 1,800 “net new” employees and have either a minimum annual payroll of $150 million or make a minimum $450 million investment in Georgia qualify for the mega project tax credit.

INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT COMPANIES IN MANUFACTURING or telecommunications support that have operated in Georgia for at least three years are eligible to earn investment tax credits for upgrades or expansions. Credit earned amounts to 1% to 8% of qualified capital investments of $50,000 or more.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT COMPANIES THAT INCREASE qualified research spending may qualify for an R&D tax credit equal to a portion of that spending increase.

RETRAINING TAX CREDIT GEORGIA BUSINESSES may offset their investment in retraining employees to use new equipment or learn new skills through a retraining tax credit. The credit equals 50% of direct training expenses, up to $500 credit per full-time employee per training program.

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LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY INNOVATION RESEARCH PARK

“Georgia’s strength as an aerospace state provides a strong foundation for commercial space opportunities.” - Amy Hudnall, Director Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Aerospace

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SPACEPORT CAMDEN has the potential to create a space and high technology hub in Camden County through the Innovation Research Park. Research parks are designated areas designed by master plan to promote research and commercialization, promote partnerships and collaboration, and drive economic development. Innovation Research Park could contain offices, laboratories, and engineering facilities to house spaceport users, educational institutions, government agencies, and other partners. INNOVATION RESEARCH PARK could be modeled after many successful technical research parks around the country or it could be uniquely designed for Spaceport Camden needs. The Association of University Research Parks offers resources and

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examples of successful university-based research parks. Research parks require advanced capital for planning and building infrastructure which could be provided by an educational institution, a government entity, a nonprofit organization, a large company, or a partnership. The park could cater to smaller companies and start-ups by offering inexpensive short-term leases starting at 3 months.

Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia

"Spaceport Camden will lead to the creation of jobs that are highly skilled in their technical requirements and encourage the development of ancillary businesses in the region." - Mayor John Morrissey, St. Marys, Georgia

Below are some examples of research parks in the vicinity of launch sites around the country. · Exploration Park, Brevard County, Florida · Wallops Research Park, Accomack County, Virginia · Spaceport Business Park, Midland, Texas


EXPLORATION PARK BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA

FORMED 2011, Exploration Park is a partnership between NASA and state government entity Space Florida. On 299 acres of NASA Kennedy Space Center property outside the NASA badge controlled area stands one completed building and two under construction: •

Space Life Sciences Lab

Blue Origin facility (under construction)

OneWeb facility (under construction)

BUILT ON A NATURE PRESERVE, Exploration Park infrastructure emphasizes sustainability with the preservation of natural wetbeds, LED street lights, and LEED Silver or equivalent standards.

Exploration Park encourages business and economic development with incentives such as: •

No state personal income tax

No state-level property tax

No business inventory tax

No corporate income tax on Limited

Partnerships and S-Corporations •

North Brevard Economic Development Zone

The Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) offers facilities and services beneficial to spaceflight activities including: •

Payload flight preparation

Animal Care Facility

Bio-molecular/Microbial Ecology Lab

Controlled Environment Lab

Lighting Test Bed

Payload Support Labs

Analytical Chemistry lab

Engineering Support Lab

Low Pressure Test Bed

Courtesy of Space Florida

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EXPLORATION PARK BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA THE BLUE ORIGIN FACILITY under construction will contain a 750,000 square-foot rocket factory and manufacturing center on a 139-acre site. It is expected to be completed by end of 2017 and open in early 2018.

THE ONEWEB FACILITY under construction will contain a 150,000 square-foot building to assemble thousands of small communications satellites. The facility will include research and development, office, and light manufacturing space ready for lease and build-to-suit. It is expected to open in 2018. OneWeb plans to create an initiative to use satellites to connect local Brevard County schools with schools around the world.

Courtesy of Laura Forczyk

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WALLOPS RESEARCH PARK ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA WALLOPS RESEARCH PARK, located on 320 acres near Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and NASA Wallops Flight Facility (NASA WFF), is specifically designed for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and medium class space launch vehicles. Facilities include: • 1,200 foot taxiway which leads to the NASA towered airfield with 8,748 foot runways Courtesy of Accomack County

• Commercial and industrial lots with more than 55 acres ready for pad development

Wallops Research Park encourages business and economic development with incentives such as: •

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) benefits available as a sub-zone of the Port of Norfolk FTZ.

Accomack County Enterprise Zone

Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant (VEDIG)

Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP)

60% to 80% reduction in State Income Tax for a 10 year period

Tax Refund equivalent to 30% of real estate improvements

$500 - $1000 grants for each employee hired for a three year period

Below-market property prices

Recycling Equipment Tax Credit

Job Tax Credit allowed

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SPACEPORT BUSINESS PARK MIDLAND, TEXAS

Courtesy of Midland Development Corporation

LOCATED AT the Midland International Air and Space Port, Spaceport Business Park is 50 acres of mixed-use development to support the spaceflight and aviation industries with research and development facilities. The site includes lease lot locations to prospective spaceflight and aviation industry businesses and 40 acres of land for commercial spaceflight and aerospace development.

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Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia

Spaceport Business Park encourages business and economic development with incentives such as: •

Predictable local and state regulatory environment

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State of Texas Tort Reform


LAUNCHING AN INNOVATION-BASED ECONOMY SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH

SPACEPORT OPERATIONS will encourage the relocation, expansion, and creation of businesses, both spaceport users and secondary markets. The high-tech pro-business environment of Innovation Research Park may encourage spin-off small companies and start-ups. These small businesses may be created by the spaceport workforce, students of local educational institutions, or area residents inspired by the spaceport’s activities. A BUSINESS INCUBATOR is a catalyst tool to assist in the development of new and start-up companies through training, office space, and other services. The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) categorizes incubators by five types: academic institutions, non-profit development corporations, for-profit property development ventures, venture capital firms, and combination of the above. Business accelerators further assist small businesses in growth and development. INCUBATOR AND ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS in Innovation Research Park could encourage hightech small business creation and success in Camden County. These programs could be established and run by a company, a government entity, an educational institution, a chamber of commerce, an economic development organization, or another organization in partnership with or independent of Innovation Research Park. Attracting and developing a high-tech business sector will emphasize Spaceport Camden’s role as a high-tech hub. Community building can begin immediately and build on the county’s existing strengths in preparation for spaceport activities.

Business incubators in Georgia include: •

ATDC in Atlanta, GA

ATDC Savannah in Savannah, GA

Augusta-Richmond County Small Business Incubator in Augusta, GA

Business Expansion Center in Americus, GA

Business Innovation Group's Innovation Incubator & Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) in Statesboro, GA

CollabTech in Atlanta, GA

Emtech Bio in Atlanta, GA

Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome, GA

Gwinnett Innovation Park in Norcross, GA

The Burson Center in Carrollton, GA

The Edge Connection in Kennesaw, GA

The Georgia BioBusiness Center and Athens New Media Synergy Center in Athens, GA

The Innovation Factory in Duluth, GA

"Spaceport Camden will bring a big economic boom followed by smaller booms." - James Wilburn, Director for Military Academic Programs Georgia Institute of Technology

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EDUCATION & CAREER TRAINING

"I would love to see the spaceport become a background piece to education in the region." - Benjamin McKay, Research Specialist Georgia Southern University

SPACEPORT CAMDEN has the potential to inspire, educate, and transform the region’s education offerings and the minds of students at all levels, kindergarten through higher education and midcareer training and re-training. Educational institutions could partner with spaceport operators, high-tech companies, related organizations, and individual employees to expose students to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) demonstrations, career options, informal education opportunities, and community events. THE CAMDEN COUNTY EDUCATION SYSTEM includes a high school (with a separate center for ninth graders), two middle schools, nine elementary schools, and an alternative school. The system serves approximately 9,600 students. Spaceport Camden operations will likely increase the population of Camden County and the student population the county serves.

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"Supporting the development of Spaceport Camden will not only make Georgia a player in the competition for commercial space business, but will also help inspire the youth of Camden County to pursue higher education." - Nicholas Altiser, Camden County High School class of 2012 KBRwyle scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center Courtesy of Camden County High School

PR I MARY SCHOO L ST. MARYS MIDDLE SCHOOL recently became a Georgia Department of Education STEM Certified School. The school offers students STEM-related programs and hands-on projects. These programs have the potential to expand under the inspiration and potential sponsorship of Spaceport Camden and associated companies. Other area primary schools could be inspired and funded to follow in St. Marys Middle School’s footsteps.

HI GH SCH OOL CA RE E R P RE P CAMDEN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL hosts a robotics team which competes in the international high school For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics competition. Spaceport Camden associated companies could sponsor and assist with the robotics program by offering funds and high-tech employees to train and mentor the students.

CAMDEN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL also offers a national engineer curriculum for its students. In 2018, it will begin a new aerospace pathways course inspired by the proposed spaceport. Aerospace engineering and other high-tech course offerings will assist high school students in becoming aware of aerospace-related career options and provide them with skills and marketability for higher education programs and careers. SPACEPORT CAMDEN could also assist high school students by providing internships, mentorships, job shadowing, career introductions, and financial support such as scholarships, fellowships, and grants. These programs could increase career awareness, create opportunities for hands-on research and technical operations, and provide educational financial assistance. Early participation in research increases students’ marketability for higher education opportunities and future technical careers. High school students who participate in Spaceport Camden programs and develop relationships with spaceport associated companies may choose to stay in the area or move back to the area for higher education and career opportunities.

“Camden County High School’s students are excited about Spaceport Camden’s future space activities. Seeing the Vector prototype rocket launch in Camden County raised their hopes that Spaceport Camden will be operational, and hiring, when they graduate from college.” - Fred Mercier, Teacher - Camden County High School

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Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology

HI GH ER EDUC A T I O N REGIONAL FOUR-YEAR and technical colleges offer programs to best educate and prepare students for job opportunities currently existing in and around the regions they serve. Spaceport Camden may provide incentives and funding to expand existing STEM course offerings, degrees, and programs, both in physical locations and online. The spaceport may encourage the expansion of the technical college system into Camden County. The spaceport may also encourage and fund the expansion of existing colleges and universities to create new or satellite campuses in the area to cater to the spaceport workforce needs, such as Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The spaceport may even encourage the creation of new colleges and universities founded to cater to the spaceport workforce needs.

" S pac e po r t C a md e n g i v e s a d r a w f o r th e be s t and br i g ht e s t fr o m o t he r p a rts o f th e c o unt r y a nd w o r l d t o c o me t o Ge o rg i a to w o r k o n s pac e . " - Glenn Lightsey, Professor Georgia Institute of Technology

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Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE

C

COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA

D

COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE

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VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY

BRUNSWICK CAMPUS

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ATLANTA

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ATHENS

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AUGUSTA

KINGSLAND CAMPUS

MACON INTERSTATE

COLUMBUS

SIMILAR TO THE BENEFITS potentially offered for high school students, the spaceport may provide college and university students with internships, mentorships, job shadowing, career introductions, and financial support such as scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Research experience and relevant job experience through student programs may assist these students with career or higher education marketability. These opportunities, especially company-sponsored internships, may directly lead to job placements in spaceport associated companies.

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SAVANNAH INTERSTATE

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BRUNSWICK VALDOSTA

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KINGSLAND

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The following three colleges in the area have the potential to be positively influenced by Spaceport Camden activities and workforce needs.


COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE BRUNSWICK & KINGSLAND, GEORGIA

COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE is a twoyear post-secondary institution that serves thirteen counties and has seven campuses in the towns of Alma, Baxley, Brunswick, Hazlehurst, Jesup, Kingsland and Waycross in southeastern Georgia. Current enrollment is 2,928 students. THE COLLEGE is currently renting space in College of Coastal Georgia campus in Camden County. It was awarded $1.1 million in design funds for a proposed future Camden County campus in Kingsland. The college is currently seeking $17.1 million in funding for construction of the 61,395 square-foot campus in 2018 or 2019. A flexible laboratory space is planned for the proposed campus.

Technical programs currently offered include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Air Conditioning Programs Automotive Programs Diesel Technology Programs Drafting Technology Programs Electrical Construction and Maintenance Programs Electronics and Telecommunications Programs Engineering Technology Programs Environmental Horticulture and Forestry Programs Industrial Technology Programs Naval Apprentice Technology Programs Railroad Technology Programs Welding and Joining Programs Technical Studies Computer Support Specialist, A.A.S. Degree Computer Support Specialist, Diploma Networking Specialist, A.A.S. Degree

• • • • • •

Networking Specialist, Diploma CISCO Network Specialist, TCC CompTIA A+ Certified Technician Preparation, TCC Cybersecurity, TCC Help Desk Specialist, TCC Microsoft Network Administrator, TCC

• • •

Microsoft Networking Administrator, TCC Network Technician, TCC Microsoft Office Application Specialist, TCC

Proposed

Kingsland

campus

technical

program

offerings include: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Adult education classrooms/labs Certified Engineer Assistant Computer Information Systems Electronics Technology Engineering Technology Health Care Science Health Care Assistant Industrial Systems Technology Maritime Operations Technology Naval Maintenance Apprentice Nurse Aide Welding & Joining Technology

Courtesy of Michael Rivera

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COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA

Courtesy of College of Coastal Georgia

THE COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA (CCGA) is a public four-year college with an enrollment of approximately 3,500 undergraduate students. CCGA Camden Center is located in Kingsland. Technical departments and programs currently offered include:

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Department of Mathematics

Department of Natural Sciences

Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Physical Therapy

Agribusiness

Physics

Agricultural Economics

Pre-Dentistry

Chemistry

Pre-Medicine

Environmental Economics & Management

Pre-Pharmacy

Fisheries & Aquaculture

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Forestry

Recreation

Geology

Respiratory Therapy

Health & Physical Education

Wildlife

Medical Technology

Clinical Laboratory Technology

Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia


VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY VALDOSTA, GEORGIA

Courtesy of Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY (VSU) is a public university with an enrollment of 11,375 students offering associate, bachelor, graduate, and doctoral degrees. VSU Camden Center is located in Kingsland. Technical programs currently offered include: •

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Mathematics

Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences

Engineering Studies

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EDUCATION & CAREER TRAINING SPACEPORT EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

THE WORKFORCE NEEDS for Spaceport Camden and the high-tech sector in Camden County will require a highly trained STEM workforce. Potential programs to educate spaceport and related high-tech employees include but are not limited to: •

Advanced manufacturing

Computer science and engineering

Electrical engineering

Industrial engineering

Mechanical & aerospace engineering

Physical sciences

AS CAMDEN COUNTY AND SPACEPORT CAMDEN grow, specialized advanced space-related programs may be formed within existing or new regional college or university programs. Space-specialized programs will attract student applications from around the country and may encourage international student applications as well. A sample of some of these specialized areas include:

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Air and space traffic control management

Space architecture

Space entrepreneurism

Space human factors

Space physiology

Space policy and law

Space science

Spaceflight operations

Spaceflight regulation and certification

Spaceflight safety and logistics

Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia

" S pac e po r t C a md e n w i l l i ns pi r e th e n e x t g e ne r a t i o n o f s c i e nt i s t s , e ng i n e e rs, a n d e x pl o r e r s w hi l e c r e a t i ng a e r osp a c e a n d s uppl y c hai n j o bs , a s w e l l a s b ri n g i n g t o ur i s m d o l l ar s t o t he r e g i o n. " - Steve Howard, County Administrator Camden County, Georgia

C AR E E R T R A NS I T I O NS SPACEPORT CAMDEN’S workforce needs will likely draw from the regional population as well as encourage relocation of residents from other areas to Camden County. The local technical workforce will initially rely heavily on current and retired employees from Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. An estimated 45% of 4,000 annual retiring military personnel from the base would like to stay in the Camden County region. Programs currently exist to assist in training and re-training military and non-military employees for workforce needs.


W O R K F O R C E I N N O V AT I O N AN D OPPORTUNITY ACT

Q UI CK ST A RT QUICK START is part of the Economic Development division of the Technical College System of Georgia. Its role is to provide customized workforce training, free of charge, as a discretionary incentive to support qualified new and expanding companies that are creating jobs in Georgia. Georgia Quick Start's services are free to any qualified company, whether new to Georgia, expanding a workforce in Georgia or adding new technology to stay competitive. QUICK START provides customized, job-specific training, as well as a host of other training to aid in continuous improvement. Quick Start collaborates with client companies to analyze needs, design a training plan, develop modules and materials, implement training, and evaluate effectiveness for continuous improvement. Qualified industries include: •

Advanced Manufacturing

Automotive Industry

Aviation Industry

Bioscience / Healthcare

Business Operations

Food Industry

Distribution Industry

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT’S (GDECD) Workforce Division administers Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds under the leadership of the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB). This office seeks to improve the quality of job training and the marketability of Georgia’s workforce.

H I G H D E M AN D C AR E E R I N ITIATIVE THE HIGH DEMAND CAREER INITIATIVE (HDCI) allows those state partners involved in training Georgia’s future workforce – primarily the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) – to hear directly from the private sector about what specific needs they have from a workforce perspective (i.e., degrees/majors, certificates, courses, skillsets, etc.).

T H E G U AR D I NI T I AT I V E THE GUARD INITIATIVE is a multi-phase effort designed to assist Georgia aerospace and defense companies who perform Department of Defense related work to explore ways to strengthen their business base through new business opportunities and business methods. Funded through a grant by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, the GUARD Initiative is supported by the Center of Innovation for Aerospace and the Workforce Division.

TRADE FIVE WITHIN THE GDECD WORKFORCE DIVISION is Trade Five geared toward increasing awareness of high-demand careers and enhancing the state’s talent pipeline by educating Georgia’s future workforce on promising careers in the skilled trades in key highdemand industries: • • • • •

Construction Manufacturing Telecommunication Energy Logistics

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GEORGIA WO RKSMA RT GEORGIA WORKSMART is a work-based learning initiative operated by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The initiative promotes work-based learning models such as apprenticeships as a workforce development tool throughout the State. Georgia WorkSmart assists Georgia companies in developing and implementing customized programs to meet their specific hiring and training needs. A KEY WORKFORCE TRAINING MODEL promoted by Georgia WorkSmart is Registered Apprenticeship. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, the Technical College System of Georgia, and other education and state agency partners, Georgia WorkSmart helps organizations create apprenticeship programs that include curriculum and classroom instruction development. Assistance with national apprenticeship registration is also provided through this partnership.

OPERATION : W O RKF O RCE OPERATION: WORKFORCE serves as an online one-stop for veteran resources and services in Georgia. This web portal provides resources from multiple different state agencies and private organizations that serve veterans. Veterans can translate their military occupational classifications into civilian occupations that best align with their skill set and training. On this website, veterans can view and apply to current positions that employers have posted specifically for them.

VETERANS ' EM P L O Y M E N T A N D TR A INING SE RV I CE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S VETS PROG RAMS works to prepare America's veterans, service members and their spouses, for meaningful careers, provide them with employment resources and expertise, protect their employment rights and promote their employment opportunities.

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Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia


PRIVATE SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING

SPACE TOURISM is a small but growing field for qualified scientists and private individuals who can afford to purchase or can obtain sponsorship for suborbital, orbital, and potentially interplanetary space transportation. Private company Space Adventures has flown seven private individuals on eight flights to the International Space Station. Virgin Galactic has sold hundreds of tickets for its private suborbital spaceflights currently under development. Many other companies have announced space tourism ambitions and plans. ALTHOUGH SPACE TOURISM is largely a forwardthinking industry, space tourism training and analog companies are currently operational around the world. Spaceport Camden will not launch humans, but it could offer the opportunity for spaceflight training and analog companies to locate near the spaceport. None of the private spaceflight training facilities around the world are located at spaceports currently launching humans. There is no requirement nor expectation for a spaceflight training facility to be located near a spaceport capable of launching the spaceflight trainees. Spaceport Camden can take advantage of the flexibility of the newly emerging space tourism market. Private spaceflight tourism programs and facilities could be created near the spaceport to educate, train, and prepare private individuals for future suborbital or orbital space travel opportunities around the world.

"Camden County should act quickly to leverage an industry that is growing so quickly." - Anonymous potential Spaceport user PRIVATE SPACEFLIGHT or astronaut training programs could consist of a type of single- or multiday space camp for professionals, mock space missions, and brief educational courses related to spaceflight, human physiology, and other human factors. Facilities could include spacial disorientation spinners, centrifuge gravitational force (G force) spaceflight simulators, spacecraft piloting simulators, altitude chambers, and other facilities to simulate space environments and space mission experiences. Fully self-sufficient enclosed and isolated ground or underwater facilities could provide a simulated space mission experience for a specific length of time. ANALOG SPACEFLIGHT experiences could include a pool facility for neutral buoyancy scuba diving with underwater equipment and training. If the Camden County area opened or partnered with a nearby airport qualified for such activities, another analog spaceflight experience could include “zero-G weightless” experiences by creating microgravity conditions for short periods of time within aircraft flying a series of parabolic arcs. Below are some examples of private spaceflight training programs that could be encouraged to locate near Spaceport Camden or could serve as a model for new programs and facilities near Spaceport Camden. · · · · ·

Courtesy of ZeroG Corporation

SIRIUS Astronaut Training, Walthum, Massachusetts The NASTAR Center, Southampton, Pennsylvania Space Adventures, Vienna, Virginia Project PoSSUM, Daytona Beach, Florida Virgin Galactic Astronaut Training, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico www.spaceportcamden.us

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SIRIUS ASTRONAUT TRAINING WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

Program content includes:

THE A SHTON GRAYBIEL SPATIAL ORIENTATION LABORATORY offers several programs for training commercial and research astronauts for private spaceflight missions. These programs train in such sensorimotor human factors such as motion sickness, spatial disorientation and movement errors, spatial illusions, and artificial gravity/ rotating environment. Implementation of these protocols maximize commercial spaceflight efficiency, productivity, and comfort, as well as enhance flight enjoyment of space tourists.

Workshop on Parabolic Flight Factors

Motion Sickness

Head Movements

Spatial Orientation & Disorientation

Sensory Illusions

Stress & Time Pressure Challenges

High G, Zero G, G Transitions

Artificial Gravity and rotating environments

Tools & Hardware Related Challenges

Communication Challenges

Facilities include: •

Artificial gravity rotating room facility for motion sickness awareness training

Multi-Axis Rotation and Tilt simultaneous two axis device to recognize and deal with spacial disorientation

Stewart Motion Platform 6 degrees of freedom platform

CF-10 short-arm centrifuge capable of both on-axis and off-axis rotation

Vertical Linear Oscillator seat

Vection Chamber with independently rotating striped walls and floor

Treadmill with subject loading device and/or subject positioning device

Courtesy of Sirius Astronaut Training

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THE NASTAR CENTER SOUTHAMPTON, PENNSYLVANIA

THE NATIONAL AEROSPACE TRAINING AND RESEARCH (NASTAR) CENTER is a commercial air and space training, research, and educational facility. It combines state-of-the-art flight simulation with physiology-based courseware to optimize human performance in extreme environments. It serves as the only non-government (commercial use) facility for the application of acceleration and G force exposure in the world and specializes in replicating high-performance flight environments and characteristics of aerial vehicles. The NASTAR Center offers STEM educational programs and camps for students and teachers. Basic program content includes: •

Aerospace Environment

Space Vehicles & Flight

Motion Environment & Orientation

Acceleration Forces

Life Support Systems and Suits

Space Experience

Physiological and Psychological Effects

G Protection, Countermeasures & Skills

Space Safety and Emergency Procedures

Maximizing your Spaceflight Experience

Keeping and Preserving Space Memories

G-Tolerance and Simulated

Advanced program content includes: •

Altitude Physiology

Spatial Disorientation

Situational Awareness

Emergency/Rapid Decompression

Emergency Procedures & Operations

Personal Safety & Health

Aerospace Medicine

Loss of Control In-flight Preparation & Flights

Situational Awareness and Spatial Disorientation Preparation & Flights

Altitude Chamber Preparation & Flight

Space Flights

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Courtesy of Laura Forczyk

Space Scientist Training program content includes: •

Space Research Types

Hypoxia & Hyperventilation

Environmental Considerations

Oxygen & Life Support Systems

Payload Safety Considerations

Communications

Vehicle Types and Operating Environments

Mobility/Maneuverability

Vehicle Payload Interface

Crew Escape & Emergency Scenarios

Operational Considerations in Space

Altitude Chamber “Flight”

Time/Distraction Management

Emergency Procedures & Contingency Planning

Design and Conduct Experiment in Simulated Space Environment

Facilities include: •

The PHOENIX Centrifuge high-fidelity flight

Simulated Space Flights to Conduct Experiment

simulator to simulate any phase of flight

in PHOENIX Centrifuge

with acceleration, vibration, 3 fully controllable axes with continuous 360° pitch and roll, and real- world displays and controls

Space Suits and Systems program content includes: •

Hypobaric (high-altitude) chamber to recognize

Protective Equipment & Use

Altitude Physiology

and cope with low oxygen situations such as

Effects of Pressure Change

hypoxia, night vision deficiency, and rapid decompression scenarios

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SPACE ADVENTURES VIENNA, VIRGINIA

SPACE ADVENTURES, a private company, has flown seven clients on eight flights to the International Space Station. Using proven equipment and working side-byside with professional astronauts and cosmonauts, it is the first and only company to have sent self-funded individuals to space.

Facilities and hardware include:

ALL OF SPACE ADVENTURES’ private spaceflight clients have trained at Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, located just outside Moscow, Russia, the home of the Russian human spaceflight program. It is the location where all professional astronauts who fly on the Soyuz-TMA spacecraft train for their missions.

• Neutral buoyancy pool to re-create what it’s like to

• Soyuz spacecraft simulator centrifuge to learn to fly the spacecraft and experience the G force loads during spaceflight

move around in space while underwater, operate a space suit, and complete a full simulation of a trip outside the full scale mock-up of the International Space Station on a spacewalk • A Sokol space suit to learn how to put on, pressurize, and take off the spacesuit Photo courtesy of Space Adventures

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PROJECT PoSSUM DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (and other locations) PROJECT PoSSUM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit suborbital research and education program devoted to the study of Earth’s upper atmosphere and the role it plays in the understanding of our global climate. THE PoSSUM SCIENTIST-ASTRONAUT QUALIFICATION PROGRAM at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida is a five-day, fully immersive training program to conduct research on the next generation of commercial space vehicles. The program combines three weeks of webinar instruction followed by one-week of intensive training including high-G training, crew resource management training, spacesuit training, high-altitude training, biometric analysis, and PoSSUMCam operations. The program also includes instruction on noctilucent cloud science, observational history, research methods, PoSSUM instruments on customized simulations of PoSSUM research flights.

Advanced PoSSUM Academy program content includes: •

Five days of academic instruction

Mission simulation and crew resource management training in PoSSUMSim

High-G and microgravity space physiology flight using a Super Decathlon aerobatic aircraft

High-altitude mission training in a hyperbaric altitude facility

Spacesuit training (don, doff, regulating pressure, basic mobility)

Full scientist-astronaut mission simulation training in spacesuits in PoSSUMSim

Individual instruction on PoSSUMCam and scientific video camera systems

PoSSUM Space Academy program content includes: •

Four days of academic instruction

Mission simulation and Crew Resource Management (CRM) training in PoSSUMSim

Spacesuit training (don, doff, regulating pressure, basic mobility)

Full scientist-astronaut mission simulation training in spacesuits in PoSSUMSim

Individual instruction on PoSSUMCam and scientific video camera systems Photo courtesy of Project PoSSUM

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Spaceport Camden | Camden County, Georgia


VIRGIN ATLANTIC ASTRONAUT TRAINING TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO

EACH VIRGIN GALACTIC PRIVATE ASTRONAUT

Pre-flight preparation will ensure that each astronaut

will take part in three days of pre-flight preparation,

is mentally and physically prepared to savor every

bonding, and training onsite at Spaceport America in

second of the spaceflight. Basic emergency response

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Learning how to

training prescribed by Virgin Galactic regulators will

make the most of time spent in microgravity as well as

be at the forefront. Activities to aid familiarity with the

tips on how to be the most comfortable in microgravity

spaceflight environment will follow a close second.

will form an important part of the preparation.

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TOURISM & COMMUNITY LEARNING WELCOMING VISITORS

SPACEPORT CAMDEN will inevitably attract and welcome visitors. Area lodging, food services, and other spots of interest should prepare for increased tourism activity during periods of increased spaceport activity, especially during launches. Current area tourists spots such as Cumberland Island should expect an increase in visitors as well. The area’s

SPACEPORT CAMDEN may welcome tourists with an official visitor’s center, operated by a private company, government agency, or partnership. A visitor’s center would provide tourists with an opportunity to learn about the spaceport and the area. Most importantly, a visitor’s center would provide a safe viewing area or provide information about safe viewing areas for

leisure activities such as boating and fishing could take advantage of the increased tourism numbers. New facilities and businesses to cater to visitors may be established such as hotels, restaurants, conference centers, entertainment, and private transportation.

launches. It could also provide basic human factors needs such as food, indoor shelter, and restrooms. Additional income could come from the sale of food and merchandise.

“In addition to holding the promise of growth, new jobs, and economic partnerships across our state, Spaceport Camden represents one of the most inspiring forces of innovation that has challenged our nation to reach for greatness.” - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia

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Rendering provided by SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc.


TOURISM & COMMUNITY LEARNING SPACE AND NATURE

ALONG WITH A VISITOR’S CENTER, Spaceport Camden could take advantage of the natural beauty of the Camden County area and offer a space nature trail where history, nature, and space meet. This safe area could be set aside for visitors to explore the spaceport facilities and learn of the area’s aerospace history and current activities while admiring local nature and wildlife. This trail could be self-guided or facilitated by trained tour guides.

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TOURISM & COMMUNITY LEARNING A PLACE FOR LEARNING

SPACEPORT CAMDEN’S VISITOR’S CENTER could include a space science and history museum or learning center. A museum could allow visitors and area residents alike the opportunity to learn more about the spaceport, spaceport activities, STEM concepts, the area’s aerospace history, and

and historic aerospace hardware and artifacts could be exhibited at the museum. The museum could offer specialized facilities such as an IMAX theater or a planetarium. The museum could partner with area schools and offer educational opportunities for local and visiting students such as day programs, summer

Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay. As activities at the spaceport grow over time, the spaceport’s important

programs, and space camps. A museum would increase tourism year-round.

"Spaceport Camden will do so much to ignite the fire in our community." - Holly Cottrell, Teacher - St. Mary's Middle School

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TOURISM & COMMUNITY LEARNING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

"We want a friendly community. We're as invested in this as the community is." - Jim Cantrell, CEO Spaceport user Vector

THROUGH A VISITOR’S CENTER, museum, or Innovation Research Park public space, Spaceport Camden could offer community educational opportunities such as a regular STEM lecture series, student science and engineering fairs, high-tech career fairs, and STEM public demonstrations such as model rocket launches, star parties, and other STEM events. Spaceport Camden will be a part of the Camden County community and the community will learn from and benefit from the spaceport.

Below are some examples of visitor centers and museums located at other spaceports around the country and one space museum in the state of Georgia:

"Commercial space exploration is not only about

· Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,

exploration, and the unknown. School children

Kennedy Space Center, Florida · The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Accomack County, Virginia · Spaceport America Visitor Center, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

economic opportunities; it’s about inspiration, will visit the Spaceport Camden, inspiring the next great leaders in STEM as they experience the unforgettable majesty of watching a launch." -Steve Howard, County Administrator - Camden County, Georgia

· Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus, Georgia

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA

THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX, operated by Delaware North Companies, is located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It features exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft and memorabilia, shows, two IMAX theaters, a range of bus tours of the spaceport, and a simulated ride into space. It also encompasses the separate Apollo/ Saturn V Center and United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. The facility is entirely self-supporting and receives no taxpayer or government funding. It welcomes 1.5 million visitors per year. Exhibits and programs include:

Forever Remembered

Heroes & Legends

Hubble Space Telescope Theater

IMAX Theater

ISS Triumph of Technology

Journey to Mars Explorers Wanted

Lunar Theater

Mission Status Briefing

NASA Now & Next

PZ Experience

Race to the Moon

Rocket Garden

Saturn V Rocket

Science on a Sphere

Apollo 8 and the Firing Room

Shuttle Launch Experience

Apollo Treasures Gallery

Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other

Astronaut Encounter

Space Mirror Memorial

Astronaut Training Simulators

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Behind the Gates

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Cosmic Quest

Exploring the Moon

Eyes on the Universe: NASA Space Telescopes D

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THE NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY VISITOR CENTER ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA

THE NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY V ISITOR CENTER features exhibits about aeronautics, orbital and suborbital rockets, scientific balloons, current missions, and the history of Wallops Flight Facility. The Visitor Center also features an auditorium, a Science on the Sphere Theater, an observation deck, and numerous free public programs, events, and group tours of the facility. The Visitor Center also serves as the viewing site for rockets that launch from Wallops Island. The gift shop, open seasonally, offers models, patches, games, clothing and a variety of NASA souvenirs. Admission is free. In 2016, 77,000 people were served through behind-the-scenes tours, special events, informal education programming, launch viewing events, and outreach. THE VISITOR CENTER offers free educational programs for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Programs include solar system and constellation tours, Science on the Sphere presentations, story times, and more.

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SPACEPORT AMERICA VISITOR CENTER TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NEW MEXICO

VISITORS LEARN the history and evolution of the regional Spanish and Native American pioneers of the past to the space pioneers of the future and the dawn of the second space age. After arriving at Spaceport America site, visitors walk up the Astronaut Walk and enter the Gateway Gallery. The G-Shock simulator subjects the would-be astronaut to rapid acceleration comparable to what an actual astronaut might feel in flight. The Spaceport America Experience offers spacey video games, a sphere that lights up to show satellite orbits crisscrossing a map of Earth and kidfriendly science exhibits. Visitors can venture into the Spaceport Operations Center, interact with Spaceport America crewmembers, and view the Gateway to Space terminal/hangar.

Facilities include: • G-Shock simulator • Life-size replica of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spaceplane • Spaceport Operations Center, 12,000-foot runway and hangar

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CENTRAL AEROSPACE HUB

“Having overseen the Eastern Range for the United States Air Force and been involved with commercial space for the past decade I can attest to the growing launch demand in the commercial space sector. A dedicated, commercial, vertical launch facility on the east coast is a valuable asset for Coastal Georgia and for the space launch industry.” -Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF (ret) Spaceport Camden Steering Committee CT RI

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IN ADDITION to its central location, Spaceport Camden has the advantage being in a largely rural and undeveloped area. The relative lack of barriers allows Spaceport Camden users to pursue launch activities that would not be possible in more developed areas. The spaceport has the potential to attract innovative spaceport users with new and experimental launch vehicles. THE POTENTIAL OF SPACEPORT CAMDEN and adjoining Innovation Research Park to attract new aerospace and high-tech companies, organizations,

educational institutions, facilities, and programs as outlined in this report grows higher with each step in the spaceport’s development. This report outlines some of the possibilities that could come into existence because of Spaceport Camden. It is the goal of this report that the content contained herein inspires others to bring Spaceport Camden and its many possibilities into reality. With partnerships and community involvement, within Camden County, the state of Georgia, and the greater space industry, Spaceport Camden is Mission Possible.

"I am extremely excited about the hard work and great vision that Spaceport Camden has shown. Spaceports are the gateway to the galaxies and Camden County is well positioned to share in the success of the constantly growing space commerce industry." -Eric Stallmer, President - Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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APPENDIX METHODOLOGY IN PREPARATION for this report, Astralytical interviewed 33 relevant parties to the Spaceport Camden process. This included seven business leaders in the aerospace and high-tech industry, 11 community leaders on a city, county, state, and federal level, 12 educators in middle school, high school, and higher education, and three current and potential users, two of which have chosen to remain anonymous at this time.

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APPENDIX REFERENCES "2015 ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GEORGIA'S AEROSPACE INDUSTRY", Georgia Center Of Innovation For Aerospace, July 2017 "NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY ECONOMIC IMPACT", The Camden Partnership, 2010 "SPACEPORT CAMDEN ECONOMIC IMPACT SUMMARY", Georgia Southern University, 2017

Published 11/2017

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VISION To develop a successful world class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States.

MISSION To create the premier spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, the State of Georgia and the United States of America.

S P A C EP ORTCAMDE N.US

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