The public comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) concluded on June 14th. The purpose of the EIS is to determine if a launch license will be awarded to Spaceport Camden.
State officials such as State School Superintendent Richard Woods; former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; The Commercial Spaceflight Federation
(CSF); the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia; ACCG and Vector Space Systems,
all sent letters to the FAA to approve of the draft EIS and the issuance of the launch site
operator’s license for Camden County.
A common message among the letters is support for an increased need for launch
capacity among a growing demand from the commercial space industry. The National
Space Council and the Trump Administration have made streamlining launch and reentry
licensing a focus of our national space policy.
Also, all of Georgia’s Congressional delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives have also sent support for the Spaceport which includes Congressman Buddy Carter, who represents Camden County in Washington D.C.
CFS President, Eric Stallmer noted, “Streamlining launch and reentry licensing without increasing launch capacity simply shifts the innovation bottleneck from regulatory licensing to launch delays and range congestion.”
Steve Howard, Camden County Administrator, and Spaceport Camden project leader said, “We’ve always said this is the right project at the right time. The support from elected officials, commercial space companies, and space policy advocates all reaches the same conclusion: The United States needs more launch capacity and Spaceport Camden is best suited to meet this demand. We appreciate the recognition that Spaceport Camden is an important part of our national space strategy.”
What is next in the launch license approval process?
The FAA will review all the public comments received during the Draft EIS comment
period and issue a Final EIS and Record of Decision in the coming months. In the
meantime, Camden County plans to formally submit its launch site operator license
application to the FAA, which will trigger a 180-day “shot clock” for a final decision on the issuance of the launch site operator’s license.