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Join us for an informative program focused on Commercial Space in one of Houston’s most exciting educational tourist venues, Space Center Houston. Learn about the emerging industry of New Space and how our Space Program is driving innovation here on earth. As an HTC Tech Champ, you can also catch a glimpse of the latest exhibits at Space Center Houston, including Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, a replica of the shuttle Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
4:00 to 5:30 PM
Space Center Houston



David Alexander - Keynote

Dr. Alexander is a professor in Rice’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, where his primary area of research is solar astrophysics. As Director of the Rice Space Institute, Professor Alexander is responsible for the mission and direction required to develop and achieve the goals and objectives of the institute. Professor Alexander joined the faculty at Rice in 2003, coming from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California where he was a Staff Physicist working on the development of advanced space missions for solar physics.


Fredrick A. Jenet

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.


Arturo Machuca

Arturo Machuca is Houston Airport System’s (HAS) General Manager of Ellington Airport. With more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the aviation industry, Machuca joined the HAS in 2009 and is in charge of developing a commercial spaceport. Machuca will report on the preliminary plans that will bring commercial spaceflights to Ellington Airport.

Space is extremely limited so please register today!


Wed, Aug. 10, 2016
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. US/Central


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Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058
United States