Howell: Why the space program is vital to Texas
Op-Ed by Lt. Gen. Jefferson D. Howell
At upcoming events in Austin and College Station, we will celebrate Texas Space Week. Attendees will be able to experience a little of the wonder and amazement I felt during my tenure as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The Space Fellowship has a comprehensive story about various spaceports that are under development around the world in Virginia, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, California, Dubai, Singapore and other locations. Some are already in the works, while others are awaiting full funding.
Despite a $2 million investment, Texas officials have had no success in attracting private space companies to any of three potential spaceport sites in the southern part of the state, The Brownsville Herald reports.
A Texas County has apparently passed on a proposal by the Space Access Society to build a spaceport within its territory.
The Kenedy Memorial Foundation says it has decided against offering 25,000 acres of ranch land in Kenedy County for a spaceport and theme park.
Read the full stories here and here.