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Judge Temporarily Stops Countdown on Land Buy for Spaceport

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A judge in south Georgia has temporarily blocked backers of a proposed rocket launch site from purchasing any land until a court hearing scheduled for early next year.

A federal agency this week granted a license for Spaceport Camden, though more permits will be needed before it can reach its goal of launching commercial rockets from coastal Georgia. Opponents have gone to court to stop the project. A superior court judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order barring the purchase of 4,000 acres of land for the site until a Jan. 5 court hearing.