GREENBELT, Md. (NASA PR) — The state of Maryland and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have embarked on a new partnership effort, the main goal of which is to attract high technology companies to Maryland, which in turn will enable both future missions of NASA and the economic future of Maryland.
The agreement, signed by U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Goddard Space Flight Center Director Chris Scolese will help in several ways. Goddard will obtain specialized skills and technologies needed for its numerous mission applications. It will help the center engage in technical exchanges with local tech companies regarding new trends, theories, techniques and problems in aerospace technology. And finally, it will provide an opportunity for the development of local educational and labor resources specific to Goddard’s needs.
The Maryland state government is making a major effort to commercialize space activities. The effort will include:
building up and supporting the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS);
creation of a state development authority to coordinate policies and initiatives;
establishment of a space-related business incubator; and
development of a national center of climate and environmental information.
The actions are included in a new report, “Maryland: The Business of Space Science,” which was produced by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Officials are seeking to build upon state’s space assets, which include the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). These organizations have extensive expertise in the Earth and space sciences.
Governor Martin O’Malley today unveiled a bold new initiative to increase the business development and commercialization opportunities of the state’s space industry at the Maryland Space Business Roundtable in Greenbelt. Speaking before over 500 members of the Roundtable, the Governor reinforced the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s commitment to this vibrant sector and outlined new policy initiatives and investments in Maryland: The Business of Space Science.
“Working side-by-side with our congressional delegation and our ‘Space Senator,’ Barbara Mikulski, we will pursue program policies to leverage our federal facilities and institutions of science and discovery to unlock the enormous economic and employment potential of Maryland’s space sector,” Governor O’Malley said. “The breakthroughs and innovations occurring in Maryland at NASA, NOAA, Johns Hopkins, APL and other institutions represent new frontiers for commercialization and business development in areas like carbon monitoring, manufacturing and life sciences.”
Here’s an interesting quote from Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski which was included in a press release issuedÂ after Gov. Martin O’Malley toured the Wallops Flight Facility on Monday.
â€œWallops Island Flight Facility is home to American innovation. I fought to keep jobs at the Wallops Flight Facility and I will continue to fight to create the jobs of the future. Today we can see our investment in innovation is paying off, as Wallops becomes the Southwest Airlines of space: a lower cost, safer way to launch.â€
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Hoping to tap into an economic engine that can weather the recession, Gov. Martin O’Malley unveiled a strategy Tuesday for bolstering the space industry’s foothold in the state by lobbying for more federal dollars and emphasizing science and mathematics in schools.