Environmental Groups File New Claims Accusing Spaceport Camden of Hiding Public Documents

Spaceport Camden launch complex (Credit: Camden County)

WOODBINE, GA (SELC PR) – Environmental organizations filed new claims today against Spaceport Camden proponents for unlawfully withholding important public documents about the flawed project.

On behalf of One Hundred Miles, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has amended its ongoing lawsuit in Camden County Superior Court against Camden County and Spaceport Camden consultant Andrew Nelson for failing to meet requirements under the Georgia Open Records Act.


Andrew Nelson Joins Spaceport Camden Project Team

camden_county_sealWOODBINE, Ga. (Camden County PR) — The Camden County Board of Commissioners and County Administrator Steve Howard are pleased to announce the recent addition of Andrew Nelson to the Spaceport Camden Project Team.

Nelson is a recognized leader in the commercial space sector with a diverse background leading innovative entrepreneurial space companies, the development of new regulatory environments for the industry and working with governments on the formation of spaceports and operational sites for the industry.


Gibson Excited About XCOR Challenge; Greason Happy in New Role

John (Jay) Gibson
John (Jay) Gibson

A bit more on the management changes that XCOR announced earlier this week.

Jay Gibson has taken over as CEO and President. The CEO position was formerly held by company founder Jeff Greason, who has moved over the chief technology officer (CTO) role.

The job of president was formerly held by Andrew Nelson. XCOR has no announcement about Nelson’s status.

Gibson says he moved on from his position at Beechcraft  Corp. because he was looking for something exciting to do.

“I’ve reached a point where I want to get involved in something that’s exciting,” he said. Gibson also wanted to get into a field still early in the development curve, where opportunities for growth abound. Commercial space fits that. And finally he wanted a company trying to do something unique. “When I became more versant in what XCOR does, and its driving towards a very commercial product, it was an easy decision.”

“Jay has the credibility and experience to expand the frontiers that we have, and the businesses we have,” Greason said.

Greason professes to be happy with his new role, which allows him to focus on technology and not CEO responsibilities such as fundraising and trying to figure out how to put more bathrooms in a World War II-era hangar in compliance with 21th century building codes.

Leaving his CEO and president position to move into a CTO role, Greason said he can now focus on advanced projects and next-generation developments — innovations that motivated his co-founding of XCOR in 1999.

“As the company has grown, it’s become a bigger and bigger job to run it,” Greason said. “And I can’t do both the advanced engineering and leadership, so now I can let Jay focus on the bigger picture, and I can focus on the things that I love to do.”

Greason said that advanced technology, the vision that he has for XCOR, the larger picture of the aerospace industry’s future and the regulatory and policy framework for the industry are his passions.

“It’s what wakes me up in the morning,” Greason said.

XCOR, Virgin Galactic Respond to UK Spaceport Plan

Credit: CAA
Possible UK spaceports (Credit: CAA)

BBC News science correspondent Jonathan Amos has some reactions from XCOR and Virgin Galactic to the UK’s plan to construct a spaceport:

“We expect to start our flight test programme in Q1 of 2015 and be taking people up at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016,” said Xcor president Andrew Nelson.

“We could fly out of Scotland, but we like the look particularly of Newquay. It’s excellent that the UK is investigating this because it can only help the market to grow.”


XCOR Looks to Midland Move Next Summer

Lynx engine hot fire. (Credit: XCOR Aerospace)
Lynx engine hot fire. (Credit: XCOR Aerospace)

XCOR expects to move from Mojave into its new digs in Midland, Texas sometime next summer while officials there report progress in obtaining a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

[XCOR COO Andrew] Nelson expects the first and second phases of hangar renovations to be finished by May and July. He said XCOR will relocate after renovations after completed.

After narrowing down contractors to three finalists, the company has chosen a bidder and is negotiating a final contract, said Nelson, who also gave city officials a glimpse of taking a $95,000 ride on the Lynx spacecraft….

Marv Esterly, the city’s director of airports, said the environmental assessment stage of applying for a spaceport license is nearly complete, with attorneys at the [FAA] Office of Commercial Space Transportation reviewing it.

Esterly expects the Federal Register to publish the assessment in January, followed by a public meeting. At that point, the airport’s application is “substantially complete,” he said….

Even though the FAA has 180 days to approve the application, he doesn’t expect it to take that long, he said.

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ISPCS Panel Discussion: The Marketplace

ispcs_logoPanel Discussion: The Marketplace


Raymond Vogel,  Business Development Principal Jacobs Technology, Inc.


  • Monique Jacobson, Secretary of Tourism, State of New Mexico
  • Andrew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, XCOR Aerospace
  • Sean Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, Masten Space Systems
  • Bob Allen, Executive Director, Innovation, Design, Entertainment, Art, and Storytelling (IDEAS)



XCOR Becomes Corporate Sponsor of Uwingu

Aug 16, 2012 (Uwingu PR) — XCOR Aerospace, a leader in commercial suborbital spaceflight, has become a corporate sponsor of Uwingu LLC’s crowd-sourcing campaign to generate funds to launch its first web-based products.

Uwingu is a space-themed, for profit start up seeking crowd-sourced funding to launch an ongoing series of public engagement projects. Uwingu’s mission is to use proceeds from those projects to generate funding for space exploration, research, and education efforts around the world. Uwingu’s crowd funding agent is IndieGoGo, a leader in the field.


SETI Talk Video: Andrew Nelson on the Trillion Dollar Space Industry

Video Caption: Fully resuable spacecraft are the critical enabler for regular, low cost and safe access to space, and such access will enable space utilization in ways we’ve only dreamed about in the past. Much as the early ARPANET laid the foundation for a multi-trillion dollar enterprise revolving around the internet, early reusable spacecraft like the Lynx suborbital vehicle will establish the beginnings of a multi-trillion enterprise revolving around the Earth and our solar system. This talk will lay out a vision of a future space-based Trillion Dollar Enterprise based on a series of realistic and fun “What-ifs.”

XCOR: Space Travel to Only Cost Tens of Thousands Within 12 Years

The Bakersfield Californian interviewed XCOR COO Andrew Nelson and Business Development Manager Rich Pournelle about space tourism.

Q. How long do you think it will be before space travel is as accessible as commercial flights are to the population now?

A. Nelson: There’s various studies out there. We’ve looked at this one study, called the Futuron study, which said by 2020, there’s an expectation pricing could be down to $50,000, $55,000. I think that’s overshooting it a bit. Competition has an amazing way of driving down price. We’ve built a vehicle we feel is very low cost to operate, more so than our announced competitors.

Pournelle: When space travel gets to the price that people pay for a luxury car, that becomes reachable to a much larger audience.