• San Antonio Magazine article on Commercial Space in Texas

    On the news stands today, San Antonio Magazine features a story by Robert Ito talking about the Commercial Space Industry and the companies operating here in Texas. TXA President Bob Lancaster was interviewed back in March for this story. UPDATE 4 June – See the online article here.

  • TXA reports from the FAA Draft EIS Public Forum

    TXA volunteers were present at the 7 May public hearing in Brownsville to hear the FAA present their draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed SpaceX launch site at Boca Chica. Once again, public support was huge and both the Sierra Club and Audubon Society expressed support for the project.

  • TXA Interviewed by San Antonio Magazine

    TXA President Bob Lancaster was interviewed recently for an upcoming article in San Antonio magazine focusing on commercial space companies in Texas. Expect it to hit the stands in June.

  • TXA meets with San Antonio Aerospace Committee

    TXA President Bob Lancaster met recently with the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce Aerospace Committee to discuss the emerging commercial space industry and what San Antonio might be able to offer.

  • TXA Meets with Port San Antonio Officials

    TXA and local commercial space representatives met today with Port San Antonio officials to discuss how the Port, the former Kelly Air Force Base, could contribute to the commercial spaceflight industry here in Texas.

  • TXA Meets with Brooks City Base Officials

    TXA, along with local commercial space representatives met today with Brooks City Base officials to learn about Aerospace Medicine capabilities still present after the closing of Brooks Air Force Base and to discuss how Brooks facilities could be leveraged by the commercial spaceflight industry here in Texas.

  • TXA Brings Together Texas Governor and Private Space Leaders

    TXA Brings Together Texas Governor and Private Space Leaders
    Groundbreaking meeting brings Texas closer to becoming Gateway to the Stars!

    AUSTIN, TX, JULY 18, 2012 – The Texas Space Alliance (TXA) and the office of the Speaker of the House are pleased to announce the meeting in Austin between Governor Rick Perry and numerous representatives of the nation’s top new commercial space firms. The TXA team brought together representatives from SpaceX, XCOR Aerospace, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Armadillo Aerospace, NanoRacks, Celestis, and ATK Liberty to talk about the needs of Commercial Space, and what Texas can do to fully embrace and nurture this vital, fledgling new industry.

    “We’ll defer to historians on where this goes in the books, but this is the first time ever that representatives from so many commercial (NewSpace) firms have gathered in one place to share their support for our shared vision for the future of Texas in space, and communicate that to the Governor,” said Bob Lancaster, TXA President. “Definitely a significant milestone in the history of Texas.”

    Over the past year the TXA, members of the legislature, and the Governor’s staff have begun to forge a new set of partnerships, between federal, state and local governments and those who are ready to step up in the private sector – with the shared goal of lowering costs, creating wealth and jobs and re-casting how Texas “does space”. In the last legislative session TXA partnered with Blue Origin and helped pass a landmark tort reform bill as a first step in this journey. Meanwhile, the Governor’s staff has been working to bring new space firms to Texas and open new facilities here including spaceports. In the next legislative session TXA will build on the steps already taken and the hard work performed by the Governor and his staff to create the tools and find the funds needed to transform Texas into not only the leading “Space State” in America, but a leader in the world.

    TXA’s Director of Policy and Government Relations Wayne Rast commented: “This is a meeting that our organization has long sought, and we are very pleased to be able to announce it today as the formal kick-off of our ‘Space for Texas’ campaign. We appreciate both the Governor and the Space business leaders that brought it to fruition, and who share our vision that our Great State can be the leader in Commercial Space. We hope this is the first of many meetings that lead to a thriving space industry and community in our state. Certainly after today it has been made emphatically clear that ‘Texas is Open for Space Business!’”

    From the current Texas NewSpace companies; Armadillo, NanoRacks, Celestis, SNC, and ATK, to the recent SpaceX interest to expand from their McGregor engine test site to a possible launch site near Brownsville and last week’s announcement by XCOR that they are moving their R&D to Midland, it is clear commercial space efforts in Texas are on the uptick as these companies see what Texas has to offer. The TXA intends to serve as a catalyst to facilitate and accelerate this process.

    TXA’s Rick Tumlinson concluded: “We can make Texas the best state possible for space activities; commercial, educational, and scientific. The future looks bright! New jobs, new breakthroughs and new inspiration for the youth of Texas lie just ahead – and yes, someday we believe there will be rocketships flying from the Lone Star to Mars!”

    Link to downloadable document.

  • TXA Congratulates SpaceX

    Texas Space Alliance would like to formally congratulate SpaceX on all of their efforts during this mission. The full press release can be found here.

  • Bob Lancaster to Lead Texas Space Alliance as Organization Gears up for Major New Legislative Initiative

    The Texas Space Alliance announced Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Robert Lancaster is assuming the role of President of the organization today. The group worked last year with commercial spaceflight operators, such as Blue Origin, to pass the first space liability protection law in Texas history, and is preparing for a new set of initiatives it will be introducing in the next legislative session.

    “Col. Lancaster is stepping in at exactly the right moment to help lead what we believe will be a historic charge into the future for Texas and space,” said Rick Tumlinson, TXA Founder. “He has been with us from the beginning, he knows the field and he is a professional of the first degree.”

    Press Release

  • Texas Space Alliance Merchandise Available

    Show your support of the TXA wherever you go with our ‘Space for Texas’ mugs and ‘From Texas to the Stars’ bumper stickers!

    Available through CafePress here