July 16, 2017

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The following is a true spaceport story. 

Midland, Texas’ Development Authority thought that investing in a spaceport would be a great idea. An up-and-coming space company named XCOR wanted to relocate from California. It would only take millions of Economic Development dollars and a spaceport license from the FAA.

The plan would bring space tourism to their city and prosperity for all. XCOR and the politicians easily sold it t...

July 15, 2017

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30,000 feet (5.6 miles) won the day for the University of Michigan student team. In other events, student rockets have actually reached more than 27 miles. The 'edge' of space is at 60 miles and Minimum Low Earth Orbit is at a minimum altitude of 100 miles. Spaceport America, like the Friends of Amateur Rocketry launch site in Mojave, California, are in near-desert or desert locations for safety. All student launches lack gui...

July 15, 2017

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Vector Space, a tiny start-up rocket company in Tuscon, Az. is very well traveled, visiting Alaska, Kennedy Space Center, then Camden County, and now Nova Scotia looking for places to launch the rocket they hope to have some day. Currently testing small rockets at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry test range in the Mojave Desert, Vector has promised to launch a test soon from somewhere in Camden County.  Camden County official...

October 4, 2016

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In the Summer of 2016, Camden County officials were touting Firefly Space Systems of as a potential launch company for Spaceport Camden. As recently as June 2016 Firefly had announced that it was the recipient of more than $19 million in new funding. In October 2016, Firefly furloughed all employees as it ran out of cash. 

As with XCOR, Spaceport Camden will be dependent on the unfounded success of companies like Firefly...

September 1, 2016

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The Camden County Commission has approved the resolution for the loan to reimburse the County for all spaceport-related expenses, including engineering, legal fees and land acquisition. Camden County Administrator Steve Howard said the resolution sets a cap of $5 million for a bond to pay for the project. But we are already committed to more than $5 million, having already spent more than $2.4 million with $3.8 million remain...

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