Space Center Houston

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Houston, we have a problem. You haven’t experienced Space Center Houston yet!

This isn’t just like going to a simple science museum; this is where the magic happens! The center features more than 400 space exhibits and attractions related to the future and past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one small admission price. You are sure to find something new every time you pass by, because there are new exhibits all the time, but your old favorites will probably still be there!

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Since opening in 1992, Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 17 million visitors and currently takes in around 800,000 guests each year! When you are in the need for some space, check out Space Center Houston today!

For more information: http://spacecenter.org/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

TX/RX LABS

6faaf4c4c16ae6aa94340a4945a55301Haven’t you ever wanted to take a workshop or a class, I mean it’s the summer; don’t you want something to do that stimulates your brain?

TX/RX is a non-profit Hackerspace in Houston offering classes, lab space, and collective knowledge. They are a project based group of makers, inventors, tinkerers, artists, crafters, and coders.

 

Their goals are to bring creative people together and to make opaque scientific and technical concepts accessible to everyone through education.

697ce22f09086df253a32252c9af19e9All you have to do is go to their website, see if any of their classes/workshops interest you, then book it! They have a large variety of classes for all ages, so teens can also learn a little something this summer.

If you see a class that is full or isn’t available, you can just sign up for an email notification so you don’t have to keep checking the website day in day out.

If you feel as if you don’t want to book a class just yet because you don’t know anything about TX/RX Labs, you can head on over to the Open House they host every Friday at 7 p.m. and check out the huge facility!

5a150705115480cc9a84a7b0ab8c238bSo why don’t you drop by their website or their Open House sometime, you might see something worth your while!

https://txrxlabs.org

 

 

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Mailing Address

205 Roberts Street, Houston, TX 77003

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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This morning (06-30-2015), Houston Major Annise Parker was pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration granted a launch site license to make Ellington Airport, one of the ten selected sites nationwide to build a commercial Spaceport.

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According to Mayor Parker, a licensed Spaceport in Houston will not only serve as an economic generator for the city but also enhance Houston’s well-deserved reputation as a leader and key player in the aerospace industry.

Currently, Houston has a booming economy with a strong aerospace industrial base, a well-educated workforce with experience in the high-tech demands of space exploration and plenty of room for growth at a strategically located airport facility. So once again, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of what this fascinating city has to offer.

– Milagros Almeida (writer-contributor)

 

“When oil prices are low, Houston’s economy grows.When oil prices are high, Houston’s economy booms.”

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Houston named America’s No. 1

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  1. It’s got the jobs. Houston is the No. 1 city for job creation in the U.S., by a lot.

 

  1. Houston is home to more Fortune 500 company headquarters than anywhere in America except for New York.
  2. It hosts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare organizations, with scientists working hard to beat cancer.

 

  1. It’s one of the centers of America’s lucrative oil and gas industry.

 

  1. Massive international trade gives another big jobs boost to the rapidly growing city.

 

  1. Houston is called Space City for a reason. It’s home of the NASA Astronaut Corps.

 

  1. Houston recently passed New York to become the most ethnically and racially diverse city in the U.S.

 

  1. Houston’s got more parks than any other top-10 metropolitan area.

 

  1. The combination of the University of Houston and Rice University means there are a bunch of smart people around.

 

  1. Houston has one of the largest rodeos in the world.

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Davis, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, meets with Houston Mayor Annise Parker at City Hall Monday after the company anounced the opening Siemens global Oil and Gas Headquarters in Houston April 6, 2015. (Michael Stravato/AP Images for Siemens)

Siemens Opens Oil & Gas Headquarters in Houston

At a City Hall meeting April 06, 2015 with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Siemens Managing Board member Lisa Davis announced the opening of Siemens’ new Oil & Gas Headquarters in Houston – serving the global Oil & Gas sector from the “Energy Capital of the World”. Davis, who leads Siemens’ oil and gas and power generation businesses, will be based in the West Memorial Drive office in Houston’s Energy corridor as will Siemens’ Oil & Gas and Marine Business Unit.Houston Texas modern skyline at sunset twilight from park lawn

“Our Houston location is critical for Siemens’ long-term growth as it brings us closer to upstream, midstream and downstream customers,” said Davis. “Siemens’ expertise in automation, electrical systems, data analytics, and service combined with our existing portfolio, including Rolls-Royce industrial aero-derivative gas turbines, and our agreement to acquire Houston-based Dresser-Rand, fortifies our position as the most complete, end-to-end rotating equipment and process automation provider in the market today.”

“Siemens is a great corporate partner and we welcome this addition to the energy corridor,” said Mayor Parker. “It represents strengthening of the company’s already very broad involvement in the Houston region. We feel the Siemens impact in everything from the well-paying jobs that keep our economy strong to the sustainable technologies that are helping to improve the environment and quality of life.”

Davis continued: “Nearly 2,000 Siemens employees work in the Houston area, including more than 300 veterans, and we are pleased to be an active corporate citizen and technology provider to the city and the greater Houston community.”

Siemens’ technologies can be found in projects across the city. Siemens provided Houston’s first light rail system, supplied building control systems at NRG Park and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, replaced over 10,000 traffic and pedestrian signals with LED technology, and led Houston’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit program involving 5.5 million square feet of facilities as well as upgrades to the city’s parks and sports fields.

About Siemens in Houston

Siemens’ footprint in Houston currently includes a broad range of oil and gas solutions, field service products, maintenance services for fossil-based energy and wind power, energy management, and building technologies business units.

Active in the life of the community, Siemens has partnered with the city and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability to support Houston’s Green Office Challenge, providing training and resources to help office building owners, property managers, management districts and tenants reduce energy consumption, waste generation and water use. And to help students prepare for the jobs of the 21st century, Siemens has made in-kind grants of hundreds of millions of dollars in product lifecycle management (PLM) software to area universities, including Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Southern University and University of Houston, among others throughout Texas.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 357,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at http://www.siemens.com.

About Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine

The newly formed Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine business unit supports its customers through electrification, automation and water treatment solutions. In October 2014, Siemens – a longtime solutions provider to both industries – rolled its oil and gas and marine businesses into one entity, enabling the company to better serve customers from both markets with crossover technologies. Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine is part of the company’s Process Industries & Drives Division.

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biotechLonza to Expand Viral Therapy Business with Planned Construction of New Facility in Houston, TX
  • Lonza plans to construct a new state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility (9,300 square meters) in the Houston, TX (USA) area to meet the increasing demand for viral therapy products
  • The new facility is expected to develop and manufacture both viral gene therapies and virally modified cell therapies
  • The GMP facility design will further showcase Lonza’s use of single-use disposable platforms in modular clean-rooms and will include a fully segregated fill/finish suite

 

Basel, Switzerland, 16 June 2015 – Lonza, a global leader in the field of viral and cell therapy manufacturing, announced today the planned expansion of its industry-leading viral gene therapy business. Lonza plans to construct a new 100,000 square foot facility for viral and immunotherapy development and manufacturing in the Houston, TX (USA) area, complete with a fully segregated fill/finish suite. This new facility will more than double Lonza’s capacity for the production of viral gene and virally modified therapeutics.

The state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility is expected to come on-line in the first half of 2017 and will include eight independent cGMP modular cleanrooms for 2,000 L-scale production in single-use bioreactors. Grade-B cleanrooms will also be constructed to continue the manufacture of EMA-regulated cell therapy products. The site master plan includes expanded process development and quality-control areas, shell space for future additional cleanrooms, and land for further potential expansions.

“The clinical landscape for targeted gene therapies continues to grow at a steady rate with new advancements in cancer immunotherapies and cardiovascular disease,” said Andreas Weiler, Ph.D, Head of Emerging Technologies for Lonza’s Pharma&Biotech segment. “This investment will allow Lonza to be well positioned to meet the demands of this growing market and to remain at the forefront of the viral gene therapy industry. Our viral team has more than 20 years of experience in viral vector gene therapy that, when combined with our newly constructed leading edge facility, will provide a key advantage to our customers and ultimately to their patients.

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The Vision

The Houston Airport System (HAS) has a vision to support spaceport operations for horizontally launched Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLVs) from Ellington Airport (EFD). We envision that EFD could be a focal point for aerospace innovation – a regional center for a cluster of aerospace entities acting as incubators for aerospace innovation and growth. Key aerospace engineering activities could include:

  • Component and composite development and fabrication
  • Space vehicle assembly

Commercial activities could include:

  • Zero-gravity scientific and medical experiments
  • Microsatellites
  • Astronaut training and development
  • Space tourism

The Plan

Before Houston Spaceport can become established at Ellington Airport, the Houston Airport System must first be granted a Launch Site License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  HAS is working closely with the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation to complete the Environmental Assessment and plans to submit the final application in Fall 2014. Once the application is approved, HAS will then receive a Launch Site License that will enable Ellington Airport to establish itself as a launch site for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV). RLVs execute horizontal, rather than vertical, similar to commercial aircraft.  To date, there are only nine commercial spaceports in the U.S.

  • February 10, 2012
    From a purely technical standpoint, operation of a spaceport at Ellington Airport is deemed likely feasible.October 11, 2012
    The Houston Airport System meets with FAA-AST to conduct the Spaceport Pre-Application Consultation.July 17, 2013
    The Houston Airport System received Houston City Council support to continue moving forward in the application process, which is necessary to accommodate commercial spaceflights at Ellington Airport.September 4, 2013
    HAS unveiled part of its vision for the future of Ellington Airport (EFD) by releasing conceptual renderings of a possible Houston Spaceport to the public.April 10, 2014
    HAS and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based spaceport and SNC’s Dream Chaser® – a spacecraft that can land at the spaceport directly from low-Earth orbit. As part of the cooperative initiative, the organizations will study the physical, operational and regulatory requirements for SNC’s commercial space vehicle, Dream Chaser, to utilize the spaceport as one of its potential landing sites.

    September, 2014
    HAS will begin conducting public meetings. Please check the news section for updates as these events are announced.

    Fall 2014
    HAS plans to submit a Launch Site License Application to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space. FAA approval of the license can take up to six months.

    2015
    HAS will continue to seek commercial partners to operate and develop facilities at the Houston Spaceport.

    2018 HAS anticipates possible operations at Houston Spaceport as dictated by market demand.

An Award-winning Management Team

As part of Houston Airport System, the spaceport will be run by a high-performance airport management, operations and maintenance team that has been recognized by the FAA for airfield operations and safety.
  • Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation  Mario Diaz, Director of AviationMario C. Diaz is Director of the City of Houston Department of Aviation. He is responsible for the overall management of the Houston Airport System’s three aviation facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) – and its more than 1,400 employees.
    Prior to his appointment in 2010, Mr. Diaz was the deputy general manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since January 1999. He was responsible for ensuring that the daily operational activities of the world’s busiest airport, including operations, business, finance and capital development.
    He has been one of the industry’s leading authorities in aviation technology as well as the study of future developments in commercial aviation.
    Prior to 1999, Diaz was the manager of business, properties and commercial development for New Jersey Airports, a post he held for four years. In this role, he managed the division responsible for all business and lease negotiations at Newark International Airport as well as the day-to-day oversight management of Teterboro Airport, one of the nation’s premier general aviation airports, and a major reliever airport for Newark International.
    His 17-year career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began in 1981 and included key management positions in leasing, finance, marketing, operations and properties. During this period, Diaz also served 18 months as the assistant director of the redevelopment program at John F. Kennedy Airport.
    A native of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, and a licensed private pilot with instrument certification, Diaz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration in New Jersey.
  • Arturo Machuca, General Manager of Ellington Airport  Arturo Machura, Manager of Business DevelopmentArturo Machuca is the General Manager of the Houston Airport System’s Ellington Airport. Machuca oversees the daily operations and the development and implementation of policies and procedures at Ellington Airport. He is also the lead on the Houston Spaceport project.With over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the aviation industry, Arturo joined the Houston Airport System in 2009. His prior responsibilities included economic development, industry affairs and business relations for all three airports.Three years ago, Arturo Machuca was tasked with the huge responsibility to develop a plan to bring a commercial spaceport to Ellington Airport.  Arturo worked with various Federal and local agencies, as well as key players in the aerospace industry, to create preliminary plans and conceptual drawings to pursue a license to bring commercial spaceflights to Ellington Airport. Arturo Machuca is now leading commercial development efforts for Ellington Airport and Houston Spaceport.Machuca holds a bachelor of arts degree in Hotels and Tourism Administration from Universidad Regiomontana.
  • Ian Wadsworth, Chief Commercial Officer  Ian Wadsworth, Chief Commercial OperatorIan Wadsworth serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for the Houston Airport System. He oversees the commercial activities at the Houston Airport System’s three airports, including air service development, airline affairs, concessions, parking, real estate and business development. He joined the Houston Airport System in November 2008 as Deputy Director, Finance and Administration. In that position, Mr. Wadsworth was responsible for the finance, properties, human resources, and procurement functions. Prior to joining the Houston Airport System, Wadsworth served in various finance, planning, and marketing roles over the past 15 years at American Airlines, Capital One Financial, and Global Aero Logistics, the parent company of ATA Airlines, World Airways, and North American Airlines.  Wadsworth received a BA degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Michigan Business School.

An Innovation Center

Johnson Space Center and other NASA facilities, coupled with a large subcontrator community of over 80 aerospace companies, provide significant access to an existing, robust aerospace community. As part of this flourishing industry, Houston Spaceport will act as an accelerator for innovation and an incubator for growth.

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Connecting the World

Imagine a sub-orbital commercial flight from Houston to Tokyo in less than 3 hours. As we dip our toe into the new waters of near-space travel, we open up doors to opportunities we could only imagine just a few decades ago. Just as the Wright Brothers “shortened the distance” between points on the map when they invented heavier-than-air travel in 1903, commercial spaceflight promises once more to connect the world in ways only recently unimaginable.

Connecting the people, the businesses, the economies and the people of the world to Houston is one of the Spaceport’s major goals as we leverage Houston’s potential as a major center of aerospace development and operations.

International Access

As a part of the Houston Airport System, Houston Spaceport will seamlessly fit into one of the largest international travel infrastructures on the planet.

Global Reach

Houston Airport System’s access to new, growing Latin American sectors is unmatched, and provides exciting opportunities with both private and government aerospace organizations.

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Houston Technology Center

The largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas
Named by Forbes’ as one of “Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World,” and as one of “Twelve Business Incubators Changing the World,” the Houston Technology Center is the largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas, advancing the commercialization of emerging technology companies in the greater Houston area. HTC serves as the nexus of new ideas, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship. Each day, the staff and partners of the Houston Technology Center work closely with entrepreneurs and startup companies providing them with in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance, fundraising advice, and connecting them to opportunities, allies, and capital. As a catalyst for change, economic growth and development, HTC’s focus is to assist in the acceleration and commercialization of emerging technology companies. Each company is treated individually according to their position in the Acceleration Pathway and their unique needs. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, HTC assists Houston-based entrepreneurs within several key sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and NASA/aerospace.

The Houston Technology Center is generously supported by more than 300 of Houston’s leading corporations and academic institutions, as well as the Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Medical Center, NASA-Johnson Space Center and the City of Houston. Since 1999, HTC has provided feedback to well over 1,000 companies and coached more than 250 companies.

 
HTC’s Economic Impact
Total HTC Graduates:  91
Number of Companies Assisted:  Over 300
Capital raised by HTC Clients & Graduates:  Over $1.6 Billion
Jobs created by HTC Clients and Graduates: over 5,000
In 2014 over 230 Professional Advisors and Mentors provided thousands of volunteer hours to foster the growth of our clients.
Collectively, the Houston Technology Center’s Clients and Graduates contributed $687 million to the Houston economy in 2013.

 

HTC serves as the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (Gulf Coast RCIC) for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, assisting small to mid-size technology firms expediting the commercialization of new life-changing inventions and improving research at Texas universities. To date, the Gulf Coast RCIC has awarded 41 Gulf Coast region companies over $50 million in funding from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.

 

HTC’s 50,000 square feet state-of-the-art Midtown facility is home to many technology entrepreneurs, sharing space in a vibrant community of young, exciting and innovative companies.
Our Mission:
To enable and accelerate the growth of emerging technology companies for the purpose of creating jobs and promoting economic development in the greater Houston area.
Our Vision:
HTC is the hub for Texas Gulf Coast region’s resources for building and supporting emerging technology companies.

Our Values:

Passion
Respect
Integrity
Mentoring
Entrepreneurship

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