Sierra Nevada Exploring Cooperation With Proposed Houston Spaceport

Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)
Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Houston Airport System and Sierra Nevada Corporation
to Host Media Panel at Rice University – Space Institute

Houston Airport System (HAS) and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will host a joint news conference to provide an update on plans to support the Houston Space Port. Media will have the opportunity to speak with HAS officials and SNC’s Dream Chaser® senior leadership, and learn about the potential benefits of any future partnership between HAS and SNC. The Dream Chaser spacecraft has the capability of landing on commercial runways virtually anywhere in the world.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. CDT

Rice University – Space Institute, Weiss School of Natural Sciences
Weiss School of Natural Sciences, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005


  • Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems
  • Mario Diaz, Aviation director for Houston Airport System
  • Arturo Machuca, manager business development of Houston Airport System
  • Dr. David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute

HAS and SNC are forming a committee to explore the possibilities associated with the Houston/Ellington Space Port. As plans for the Houston Space Port continue to take shape, identifying required facilities or capabilities to service commercial space vehicles is essential. This location is well placed to service the Houston business, science and research community, including continuing support for the International Space Station and new commercial space enterprise.

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Ellington Hopes to Join Swelling Ranks of America’s Underused Spaceports

Credit: Houston Airport System

After a two-year study, the Houston Airport Authority (HAS) thinks that Ellington Airport would be an excellent location for a licensed spaceport to support horizontally launched reusable vehicles.

“Our findings revealed that Houston can be a major contender in commercial spaceflight,” according to a PowerPoint presentation given to the Houston City Council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee last week.


Conservative Senator Gets Award for Keeping Federal Funds Flowing Into Houston

As newly emboldened Republicans make plans for major rollbacks of federal spending, one of their own is being honored for maintain the flow of federal dollars into conservative Texas.

Kay Bailey Hutchison is the recipient of the 2011 Quasar Award for helping to pass the NASA authorization bill — which saved thousands of federally funded jobs in Houston — and for ensuring other federal largess.



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The coastal city of Galveston and parts of southern Houston are under evacuations orders. NASA has temporarily moved Mission Control to Huntsville, Ala.