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First commercial space station on the planet to be built in Texas

First commercial space station on the planet to be built in Texas

Commercial space station Axiom Space Houston Spaceport
The world's first commercial space station will be built in Space City.  Image courtesy of Axiom Space

The world's first commercial space station will be built in Texas.

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner revealed at a December 22 briefing that the Houston Spaceport and Axiom Space would partner on the out-of-this-world endeavor.

"Our great city is known for taking on humankind's boldest challenges," Turner said. "In 2021, the Houston Spaceport will be the first headquarters for Axiom Space, a privately funded space enterprise."

According to Turner, Axiom Space will construct a 14-acre headquarters. The headquarters "will be the world's first free-flying internationally available private space station that will serve as humanity's central hub for research, manufacturing, and commerce," Turner said.

The partnership is expected to create more than 1,000 high-paying jobs, from engineers to scientists, mathematicians, and machinists.

"This opportunity will energize our workforce, engage our communities, and dare our young students to look up, wonder, and dream," Turner said.

Houston Spaceport is the country's 10th commercially licensed Spaceport and located at Ellington Airport.

The Houston area has played a key role for decades in the future of aerospace aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration granted formal approval for the city of Houston to making Ellington a launch site for reusable launch vehicles in 2015.

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