Aegis Aerospace, which is located in the Clear Lake area, will be an industry partner alongside Texas A&M University and the U.S. Space Force to help guide the Space Strategic Technology Institute for In-Space Operations, according to a Jan. 17 news release from the company.

What you need to know

Space Force officials announced in a Jan. 8 news release a pair of universities—Texas A&M and the University of Cincinnati—to help lead its new SSTI-ISO, which officials describe as a “groundbreaking initiative” that will help create technology for in-space operations.

Expanding on that, Aegis will be a partner of the institute as well, according to the release from the company.

As a partner, Aegis anticipates hosting students and student internships, assisting with technology development projects, and testing in-space technology, according to the release.

The U.S. government is requesting information from potential bidders and suppliers interested in helping create the institute, according to the Space Force’s release.

Quote of note

Aegis founder and CEO Stephanie Muñiz Murphy said in the release that technology developed at the new institute can have civil, private and commercial applications.

“Aegis Aerospace has long and close ties with both Texas A&M University and the U.S. Space Force,” she said in the release. “We look forward to working with the outstanding team the university has assembled to help ensure that the U.S. remains the world leader in space technology and the commercial space economy.”