IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Spaceplane developer coming to Clear Lake and more aerospace news

(Courtesy city of Houston)
(Courtesy city of Houston)

(Courtesy city of Houston)

Here is a roundup of space-related news in the Clear Lake area.

Coming Soon

California-based space company Venus Aerospace is relocating its office and operations to Houston and is leasing an office at Ellington Airport, home of the Houston Spaceport, 11602 Aerospace Ave., Houston. Venus is developing a “spaceplane” that is capable of using rocket engines to travel 12 times faster than the speed of sound at an altitude of 150,000 feet. The company is in talks with city leaders to build its permanent headquarters and testing facility on spaceport grounds.

Axiom Space Inc. has leased 32,000 square feet of office space at 1290 Hercules Ave., Houston, bringing the newly renovated Hercules II office building at 63,700 square feet to 100% occupancy. Axiom Space is also planning to build a 386,000-square-foot facility on a 14-acre plot of land in the Phase 1 area of the Houston Spaceport at the Ellington Airport. At the facility, Axiom plans to build the world’s first commercial space station module that would launch in late 2024 and hook into the International Space Station.

In the News

On March 25, Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, unveiled new signs recognizing Boeing for its local support of aerospace. The honor was due to Boeing investing more than $2 million to fund STEM programs for youth and the company’s support of Space Center Houston’s Independence Plaza exhibit. During the event, local female students participating in the Boeing-sponsored Girls STEM Pathway program spoke with space industry leaders about their research and experiences. 281-244-2100.
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.



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