As a center for collaboration and innovation, Houston Spaceport is unique among the other federally licensed spaceports. It lies in Houston, Texas — the country’s fourth-largest city and a major hub for aerospace and aviation activities. Literally, no other commercial spaceport is located in a city larger than Houston, Texas.
Deep in the Heart of Space City
Houston is home to more than 200 aerospace manufacturing and development companies. Some of the larger companies include:
- ATK Aerospace
- BAE Systems
- Blackhawk Management
- Coastal Mechanics
- Honeywell International
- Jacobs Engingeering
- Lockheed Martin
- NASA Johnson Space Center
- Oceaneering Space Systems
- The Boeing Company
- United Space Alliance
- Wyman-Gordon Company
Together, these firms employ an estimated workforce of 17,000 aerospace engineers, scientists and other skilled professionals and workers.
Innovation lives at the very heart of aerospace. Partnering with NASA and key universities has always been integral to Houston Spaceport’s long-term vision of commercial aerospace leadership.
Houston Spaceport’s Agreement with NASA
Houston Spaceport and NASA have a remarkable agreement in place, allowing the Spaceport to tap into NASA’s assets and expertise, expanding opportunities for all tenants and partners in the commercial spaceflight industry. The overarching objective of this agreement is to support suborbital operations and commercial spaceflight.
Made possible by NASA’s Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, this umbrella agreement allows Houston Spaceport access to safety-specific training, facilities and technical capabilities at the Johnson Space Center.
The Houston Spaceport is Surrounded by Leading Aerospace Colleges and Universities:
- Rice University
- Texas A&M University
- Texas Southern University
- University of Houston
- San Jacinto College
- Houston Community College
- Lone Sar College
- Embry Riddle
In addition to improving existing facilities and services, the Spaceport continues to find new and groundbreaking ways to increase value for tenants and partners and to change fundamentally what it means to be a resident business in an American spaceport.
Houston, We Have a Dedicated Mission Control
The first of its kind, the new control tower at Ellington Airport has dedicated mission-control facilities for commercial spaceflight operations.
Measuring 143-feet tall, the tower is almost twice as high as the prior tower, making ample space available for tenants.
Phase 1 Improvement Project — $18.8 Million for Infrastructure Improvements
On 153.6 acres set aside for Phase 1 Expansion, construction of streets, water and wastewater pipelines, electrical power and distribution and communications facilities has begun. Because the Spaceport offers full access to this infrastructure, tenants of all sizes have the flexibility to configure spaces to their exact requirements.
As a launch and landing site for suborbital, reusable launch vehicles as well as a center for innovation, the Spaceport offers a number of attractive leasing opportunities.
The Houston Aerospace Support Center (HASC) - SOLD OUT
A turnkey solution for design-to-flight and collaboration, the HASC provides 53,000 square feet of laboratory and office space for its tenants.
Freedom to Design - 400 Acres Available Now
Houston Spaceport offers build-to-suit acreage lots, allowing tenants to build on partial, single or multiacre lots depending on particular business needs.