ABL Space Systems commits to building facilities for smallsat launcher at Spaceport Camden

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September 25, 2018

Smallsat launch system developer ABL Space Systems has committed to building facilities at the Georgia spaceport in Camden County on the southeast coast of the state: Georgia spaceport attracts small launch vehicle developer – SpaceNews.com

The Camden County Joint Development Authority, the county’s economic development agency, announced Sept. 17 that it had reached an agreement with ABL Space Systems to establish an integration and testing facility for the small launch vehicle that company is developing.

Under the agreement, the county authority will lease property at a small airport in the city of St. Mary’s, Georgia, that closed in 2017 and, after making minor improvements, sublease it to ABL. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but company expects to start operations there in January.

The facility will be used for vehicle assembly, ground system testing and “low energy” test operations, but not for launch operations. Those activities will be coordinated with the U.S. Navy, whose Submarine Base Kings Bay is located next to the site.

For the two-stage RS1 rocket vehicle, ABL is using the high performance staged combustion engines developed by Ursa Majors Technologies of Colorado.

ABL had signed a MOU with Spaceport Camden back in March: ABL Space Systems building RS1 rocket for low cost smallsat launch. | NewSpace Global.

As mentioned there, ABL is aiming for the first test launch in the 3rd quarter of 2020 and the first commercial launch in late 2020.

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