Space Industry in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Center of Innovation for Aerospace determined there were 12 companies with activities in the space sector in 2015. These companies employed 915 employees that earned $122 million in wages and salaries and $333 million in economic activity. Further spending by space companies and their employees resulted in supporting an additional 1,548 indirect and induced jobs with wages of $74.3 million that resulted in output of $220.7 million.
Space is a growing sector in Georgia, a state already well known for aerospace and aviation. Georgia's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest. Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace Engineering undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked #2 in the nation according to US News & World Report. Camden County in southeast Georgia, home to a former rocket testing facility, now hosts proposed private launch site Spaceport Camden. The Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace organizes the Space Working Group, an informal network of interested people who meet quarterly in Atlanta. In October, Atlanta will host the first Symposium for Space Innovations. With new space companies and activities launching all the time, Georgia is on track to be a star in the global space industry.
Located not far from former 1960s rocket manufacturing and test facility, private launch site Spaceport Camden is bringing space launch back to the state of Georgia. Located in southeast Georgia next to the Atlantic Ocean, Spaceport Camden provides a favorable location to launch east. Spaceport Camden serves as a test location for private rocket company Vector.
Georgia Tech is a public university and home to the Center for Space Technology and Research. Georgia Tech's Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering's undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked #2 according to US News & World Report. Georgia Tech Research Institute, the nonprofit research arm of the university, is involved in approximately $305 million in research annually.
Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace provides the technical industry expertise, collaborative research and partnerships to help the state’s aerospace industry connect, compete and grow. The Center advances recognition of Georgia’s strength in the global aerospace industry, and contributes to the entrepreneurial and educational ecosystems required for its continued growth.
Along with a host of interactive gallery exhibits, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center is home to the Challenger Learning Center, Mead Observatory, and Omnisphere Theater. A NASA quarter-scale Space Shuttle test article will soon be exhibited at the museum.