We don't call Houston "Space City" for no reason.
We're already home to NASA and the Johnson Space Center, and soon the city's Spaceport will house the world's first commercial space station.
Beginning in 2021, Axiom Space will be constructing its 14-acre headquarters at the Spaceport located at Ellington Airport. The hub will serve as the central hub for research, manufacturing and commerce, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner.
"Our great city is known for taking on humankind's boldest challenges," Mayor Turner said during a Dec. 22 press conference. "In 2021, the Houston Spaceport will be the world's headquarters for Axiom Space, a privately funded outer space enterprise."
The partnership is expected to bring more than 1,000 high-paying jobs "at a time where we need them most," said Turner, from engineers to scientists, mathematicians and machinists.
Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation for Houston's Airport System, said the partnership is a giant leap to realizing the city's legacy as the "Space City" — and we're not done by a long shot.
According to Diaz, he believes this will be the catalyst for other enterprises to get in on the action at the Spaceport.
"2020 has really, really tested us," Turner said. "But make no mistake, this should remind all of us that hope is on our horizon as our city recovers."
Source: Houston Chronicle