The country’s first commercial space center is coming to Houston

We call Houston “Space City” for a reason.

We’re already home to NASA and the Johnson Space Center, and soon the city’s spaceport will be home to the world’s first commercial space station.

From 2021, Axiom Space will build its 14 hectare headquarters in Spaceport at Ellington Airport. According to Mayor Sylvester Turner, the hub will serve as a central hub for research, manufacturing and trade.

. @ HouMayor announces a new partnership between @HouSpaceport and @Axiom_Space. @AirportsHouston https://t.co/mxFMFOzuRZ

– City of Houston (@HoustonTX) December 22, 2020

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“Our great city is known for taking on mankind’s most daring challenges,” Mayor Turner said during a press conference on December 22nd. “In 2021, Houston Spaceport will be the global headquarters of Axiom Space, a privately funded space company.”

The partnership is expected to create more than 1,000 high-paying jobs “at a time when we need them most,” said Turner, from engineers to scientists, mathematicians to machinists.

Mario Diaz, aviation director of Houston’s airport system, said the partnership is a huge step towards realizing the city’s legacy as a “space city” – and we are far from done.

According to Diaz, he believes this will be the catalyst for other companies to get involved in the spaceport action.

“2020 really tested us,” said Turner. “But make no mistake, this should remind us all that hope is on the horizon as our city recovers.”

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