• Bulldog

    The launch looked good on the LiveStream feed, well done Vector! I’m looking forward to seeing the HiDef video in the coming days. They had drones in the air as well so there should be some interesting footage on the way. Was interesting to see them trot up to a fully fueled rocket, replace the igniters and replenish the LOX after the first launch attempt failed, however. That was a first!

  • Pete Zaitcev

    Garvey was launching seemingly dozens of these things over the years. In contrast, Musk only launched 4 Falcon 1 vehicles before success to orbit. It sure looks that this Armadillo-style development is not the way to go.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    The launch took place near high-voltage power lines. How did FAA overlook that issue? I understand the rocket went up and down, but if a slight breeze had caused a parachute drift towards one of those lines, there would have been power outages in that county.

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    I was thinking the same thing. Camden Spaceport looks…primitive.

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    I recall Ben Brockert doing something similar during a Masten Flight at the NGLLC. Then he shotgunned a beer and tossed a baby into the crowd.

  • Bulldog

    The Camden Spaceport site has been cleared of structures, etc. from its days as a chemical production facility. Back in the 1960’s and early 70’s it was owned by Thiokol and a fairly active site as a pesticides and munitions manufacturing plant as well as a solid rocket test facility. Following a massive industrial accident in 1971 in which magnesium for flares ignited and exploded killing 29 people, Thiokol slowly ramped down activities and ultimately sold the facility to Union Carbide in 1977. Union Carbide produced agricultural chemicals for a number of years and the plant was sold a number of times before ending up as the property of Bayer Agricultural. Bayer permanently closed the site in 2012 and the site was stripped of its remaining buildings. My guess would be the electrical lines were not demolished and they are likely not energized.

  • KurtzC1

    Musk nearly bankrupt SpaceX buy doing so. Vector’s incremental launches are allowing them to gain more confidence and money from investors. In May they launched B0.001 and in June they secured $21 million in VC. Vector is playing this smart, by demonstrating working hardware and regularly generating press. A successful business is more than just “getting to orbit.” Generating noise through media and establishing relationships with the local county is equally important.

    The reason Garvey Spacecraft launched dozens of smaller rockets was due to their contracts. No reason to build a large launcher if the contract doesn’t require orbit.

  • Bulldog

    Some great drone footage from today’s launch has been posted to Vector’s Twitter feed. 🙂

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Thanks for the info.

  • Bulldog

    Hi Jacob, any time! It is an interesting site with a ton of history. Hopefully Georgia will be able to make a go of it as a spaceport in one form or another.

  • savuporo

    Well, Garvey didn’t seem to have any serious resources either. Now they have solid funds in the bank, enough runway to make it near space, provided they have right team in place or plan on getting it in place.