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The Texas Space Landscape

Space has typically been regarded as a destination, with efforts focused predominantly on placing assets in orbit — either to provide services such as entertainment, navigation and telecommunications, or to explore space itself with technology like Mars rovers, the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. However, in recent years, we have witnessed a gradual transition from large-scale, government-led exploration to a more versatile and agile approach as private enterprises become increasingly involved. The dynamics of space exploration are rapidly changing as the promise of easy and routine access becomes a reality, opening up the space frontier to any and all. There is also increasing discussion on how to use space for the benefit of life on Earth by driving economic growth, facilitating social engagement and providing humanitarian support.

Across the state of Texas, there is a wealth of activity in each of these areas. During this event, co-sponsored by the Baker Institute with the Rice Space Institute and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, David Alexander surveyed the space landscape in the state and discussed how Texas can take advantage of this new age of space access.


Featured Speaker

David Alexander, Ph.D.
Director, Rice Space Institute, and Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University



6:30 pm – Reception
7:00 pm – Presentation




Thu, March 31, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Rice University, Keck 100
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005