Intuitive Machines expanding in Houston Spaceport

Intuitive Machines is based in Clear Lake. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Intuitive Machines is based in Clear Lake. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Intuitive Machines is based in Clear Lake. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston officials have announced yet another development coming to the Houston Spaceport.

Starting in the fall, Intuitive Machines will build a 125,000-square-foot facility on a 12.5-acre parcel in the spaceport, just south of the Houston Aerospace Support Center, Houston officials announced June 10. The facility will take two years to construct.

Intuitive Machines has a presence in the HASC, which also hosts the EDGE Center, where San Jacinto College students learn and train for aerospace-related jobs. By expanding, Intuitive Machines will have its own space with room for more operations and employees.

In its facility, Intuitive Machines will have office, production, assembly and test space. It will have an advanced loading dock, tiered storage and office tenant space for U.S. Department of Defense units, among other amenities, officials said.

Intuitive Machines started in 2013 with 12 employees. Today, it has 120, and this expansion will bring the total employees up to 250, officials said.

Under the agreement, which has yet to be approved, the city of Houston will pay up to $40 million for the facility to be built. The city will recover its investment through a 20-year lease agreement, officials said.

Houston City Council will vote on the agreement at its June 16 meeting.

Intuitive Machines is in the process of building a lunar lander that will go to the moon in January 2022, potentially making the company the first commercial presence on the moon. The lander will gather data in advance of humans visiting the lunar surface for the first time since the 1970s.

In mid-May, officials announced Collins Aerospace would be developing a facility at the spaceport. A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 7.

In December, officials announced Axiom Space would build a 430,000-square-foot facility at the spaceport as well.

Additionally, officials have said the EDGE Center will eventually have a larger presence at the spaceport as the Advanced EDGE Training Center.

There are three remaining parcels ready for development in Phase 1 of the spaceport that are 17.3, 2.34 and 5.77 acres.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.



The Texas Central rail connection from Dallas to Houston will feature a bullet train similar to this one. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court declines to review high-speed rail case, freeing company up to use eminent domain

Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a big win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a "railroad company" under state law.

When he is not on the UHCL campus, Delgado is employed part-time as a legal assistant at Travis Bryan Law Group and is also a firefighter with the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department. (Courtesy University of Houston-Clear Lake)
University of Houston system appoints first-ever University of Houston-Clear Lake Hawk as student regent

Derek Delgado, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in legal studies at UHCL, will work directly with other student governments throughout the university system and help advocate for student needs.

(Rendering courtesy Land Rover of Clear Lake)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Land Rover of Clear Lake coming soon and more

Here is a roundup of local business news from Clear Lake and League City.

Alvin Community College President Christal Albrecht (left) and University of Houston-Clear Lake President Ira Blake signed an articulation agreement expansion June 10 that will allow ACC associate degree students to co-enroll in UHCL’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program. (Courtesy University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Alvin Community College, University of Houston-Clear Lake expand nursing program partnership

The agreement between the colleges will streamline the transition process between ACC’s associate degree program for nursing and UHCL’s RN-to-BSN program.

ribbon cutting
Nearly $400M project to boost Houston-area water supply by up to 500M gallons a day

The project has been in development for over 50 years and broke ground in 2017.

Following Hurricane Harvey, debris lined the streets in many parts of Harris County. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
After Department of Housing and Urban Development denies request, Texas General Land Office drafting plan to subaward Harris County $750M for flood mitigation

The Texas General Land Office now plans to subaward Harris County flood mitigation funding after the county was left out of recent Hurricane Harvey relief funds.

(Rendering courtesy Intuitive Machines)
Intuitive Machines opening Lunar Operations Center at Houston Spaceport

After landing a module on the moon in the first quarter of 2022, Intuitive Machines plans to make an annual effort to send hardware to the lunar surface, and it will do its work from the Houston Spaceport.

Scott and her husband Dan Jewett gave $30 million to the college, which is the largest private gift in San Jac’s history. (Courtesy Fotolia)
San Jacinto College receives largest private gift in college history from MacKenzie Scott

The former wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donated $2.7 billion to nearly 300 high-impact organizations “in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked,” she announced June 15.

Clear Creek ISD students will be able to freely collaborate and play during the 2021-22 school year, district leaders said. (Courtesy Pexels)
Clear Creek ISD makes strides toward pre-pandemic operations for 2021-22

Here is what CCISD community members need to know about what working and learning will look like on campuses this fall, including updated guidance on quarantines, contact tracing and other COVID-19 response protocols.

Courtesy G. Lyon Photography
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Clear Lake now open

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Clear Lake opened May 10 at 2020 E. NASA Parkway, Ste. 230, Houston.

Harris County Pets facilitates pet adoptions, foster placements and more. (Courtesy Harris County Pets)
Harris County Pets temporarily waives adoption fees to control increase of population

Harris County Pets has exceeded its capacity to house its growing pet population, officials said.