Vector plans test launch in Camden
Camden County has issued a public notice that Vector Space Systems, a mini-satellite launch firm, will conduct a low-altitude test launch at the proposed Spaceport Camden site on Thursday, Aug. 3.
In a written release issued this morning, the county shared the following details:
• This test is being conducted under a Part 101 authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration.
• The launch will take place completely within the confines of private property. No impact on the general public is expected.
• Coordination with local, state and federal authorities is being conducted pursuant to instructions from the FAA.
• The test is not open to the public or the press, but Vector and Camden County will brief interested parties before and after the launch.
According to county administrator Steve Howard in an interview Thursday, the launch had to be coordinated between Vector and the private property owner. Additional details about the test will be disclosed following the launch.
Vector foreshadowed this launch back in the spring when founder Jim Cantrell joined Gov. Nathan Deal and Camden County representatives for the signing of House Bill 1, the state’s first piece of space industry-related legislation.
“Vector is honored to make Camden County one of our homes for upcoming rocket launches, including our first suborbital test there this summer, making ours the first rocket launch out of this historic location, ever,” he said.