WOODBINE, Ga., March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Camden County Board of Commissioners and County Administrator Steve Howard welcomed Vector to the future site of Spaceport Camden to conduct an initial set of ground operations on its full-scale Mechanical Engineering Unit (MEU) of the Vector-R rocket and the associated Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL). The visit was an opportunity to showcase the Vector-R launch system and concept of operations (CONOPS) to key members of the spaceport community, stimulate discussions regarding future launch operations and familiarize Vector personnel with Spaceport Camden.
Camden County is excited to work with Vector. Started by industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, Vector is a disruptive company that connects space startups and innovators with affordable and reliable launch services. Vector's family of small sat launch vehicles - Vector R (Rapid) and the Vector H (Heavy) – enable platforms and vehicles to access space at a price never before possible.
"Vector is an ideal partner for Spaceport Camden," said County Administrator and Spaceport Camden Project Lead, Steve Howard. "The small satellite market is already a $2.2 billion sector of the space economy and expected to grow to $5.3 billion over the next 5 years. Vector is a leader in this emerging market and we hope Camden County will be the home of not only Vector, but dozens of small satellite manufacturers, technology support providers, and sub-component suppliers."
Concurrent with his company's visit to Camden County, Jim Cantrell, CEO of Vector sent a letter to Governor Nathan Deal commending the Georgia General Assembly for final passage of HB 1 and "[Georgia's] proactive approach to space friendly regulations." Demonstrating the importance of HB 1 to the space industry, Cantrell also told Deal that Vector would like to work with his staff to be present at the ceremony when HB 1 is formally signed into law.
About Spaceport Camden:
Our Vision is 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. Our Mission is 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. For more information, please view our website at www.SpaceportCamden.us.
Founded by the original SpaceX founding team, Vector is a disruptive company that connects space startups and innovators with affordable and reliable launch services, enabling platforms and vehicles to access space at a price never before possible. For more information, visit http://www.vectorspacesystems.com/.
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SOURCE Camden County