Representatives of ABL Space Systems visited Camden this week to scout out properties for future operations in Camden. CEO Harry O'Hanley and CFO Dan Piemont made their second trip to the area after their small rocket company signed a memorandum of understanding with Camden County to explore a future presence at the Spaceport Camden. They are pretty confident that the county's commercial spaceport project - still in the midst of the pre-application phase for a federal launch operators license - will become a reality. "We think it will happen and it will be a beautiful thing." Piemont said during an interview Tuesday at the Tribune & Georgian office in St. Marys. ABL currently employs about 15 people and is based in Los Angeles, where they also have a small research and development facility. The company website lists both Camden and Kodak, Alaska, as potential launch sites.
Camden County Joint Development Authority has approved an incentive offer to a satellite manufacturer that is interested in locating near a spaceport. The deal would offer the company a discounted rate on five-year lease on a building at the Camden County Industrial Park on Harrietts Bluff Road near Interstate Exit 7. The county government is currently seeking a license to develop a commercial spaceport 12 miles away at the east end of that road.
Camden County has been selected as a finalist for a satellite manufacturer seeking to construct a production facility near a spaceport and with convenient access to other spaceport facilities in the eastern U.S.. The company referred to as Project Orbit would bring 100 jobs with an average salary of $85,000 / year. The Joint Development Authority and county officials are working to close the deal with this company while also in negotiations with other manufacturers and space operators.