Tech ChampsĀ® with Houston's Spaceport's Arturo Machuca




Open to the community these meetings allow professionals to be involved with and influence the evolution of emerging technology! 


Meeting Focus: Houston Spaceport

Imagine a sub-orbital commercial flight from Houston to Tokyo in less than 3 hours. According to the Houston Spaceport, there's a possibility it's on the way! Come hear Arturo Machuca, General Manager of Ellington Airport, speak about how Houston (the 10th licensed commercial spaceport) will be a key spaceport in the near future. 


What to expect:

  • Refreshments & Networking - Beer provided by Galactic Coast Brewing Company
  • Presentations from HTC Client Startups
  • TED Talk-style presentation from Arturo Machuca, Houston Spaceport




Arturo Machuca, General Manager, Ellington Airport

Houston is one of 10 selected sites nationwide to build an FAA approved licensed commercial spaceport!

Arturo Machuca will explain how this opportunity will reinforce an already long-established connection with the aerospace industry, offering Houston an opportunity to strengthen its reputation as a forward-looking city and leader in creating high-tech, next-generation type jobs. Plans are for Houston’s Spaceport to become a hub for space projects such as spacecraft manufacturing, astronaut training, zero gravity experimentation and a site for launching microsatellites.


Dr. Fredrick A. Jenet   

You will also hear from Dr. Fredrick Jenet, Director of UT Rio Grande Valley’s STARGATE Program, a new partnership between the University’s Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy and SpaceX. Under a NASA contract, SpaceX will provide launch systems to resupply cargo to the International Space Station. 

STARGATE is developing technologies for a wide range of aerospace applications. Its students will participate in many aspects of SpaceX’s operations, including spacecraft design, testing, launch, and orbital operations. 


Thu, Feb. 11, 2016
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. US/Central


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Gilruth Center at NASA
Space Center Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77058
United States