• 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.

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    “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!

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  • TXA Executive Director Bob Lancaster Returns Home From Extended Military Deployment

    The Texas Space Alliance welcomes home its Executive Director, Bob Lancaster, after a lengthy military deployment. Bob, a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF, will be retiring from active duty at the end of the month. We congratulate Lt Col Lancaster on a successful career and look forward to his energy, talent, and skill helping the TXA succeed in our mission.

  • TXA Calls on Texas Leaders to Support Space Ports

    The Texas Space Alliance urged government leaders at all levels to support efforts to build a Texas Orbital Space Port and redouble any efforts now underway to recruit commercial space firms to operate in Texas and fly from the Lone Star State’s southern coast.
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    While we’re not a jobs site, we can at least give our supporters a common place to meet if they’re looking for employment (or prospective employees!)
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  • TXA Calls on Sen. Hutchison to Support Measure to Fund US Commercial Space

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    AUSTIN, TX, SEPT 1, 2011 – The Texas Space Alliance (TXA) urged Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and the rest of the Texas Congressional delegation to give their full support to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s call for transferring funding to American spacecraft companies and end plans for a giant “pork” rocket being promoted by the Senator and others.

    On Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011, Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA) boldly called for an emergency funding transfer of NASA’s unobligated funds into their commercial crew program in response to the failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket to deliver a Progress supply freighter to the International Space Station (ISS).

    “This funding transfer will rapidly accelerate the progress of American companies currently developing innovative crew and cargo transport vehicles here in the United States – all of which are based in or have significant and expanding operations in Texas,” said TXA’s Rick Tumlinson. “These companies; SpaceX, Boeing, Sierra Nevada, and Blue Origin are leading a revolution, and they need to see our legislators fighting for them – not against them.”

    The TXA believes Congress should cancel plans for what many are now calling the Senate Launch System (SLS), a $38 billion dollar earmark to produce a giant government rocket not due to fly until 2021 – if ever. SLS would cannibalize funds previously intended for other projects, including many based at Johnson Space Center. It would also gut the aforementioned commercial crew programs intended to create a new US commercial space fleet to carry astronauts to the space station rather than outsourcing the job to Russian government vehicles.

    “While it is well meant attempt to save jobs, it seems doomed to fail in the end – something our workers, space program and taxpayers cannot afford…literally.” said TXA’s Wayne Rast. “SLS may even starve the space station – a Houston based program – eat exploration technology dollars that would be spent right here, and force our Texas-based Astronaut corps to fly to space on Russian rockets. SLS would be better off de-funded so that money can be spent on true American innovation and progress. Let’s keep our Texas workforce on the leading edge of tomorrow, and build that future in Texas.”

    Concluded Tumlinson: “Senator Hutchison, you and others can continue to force funding for dead-end white collar “jobs” programs like SLS down NASA’s throat and continue exporting US jobs to Russia or you can support space exploration and our own private companies – who will preserve American leadership on the frontier, lead to the birth of a Texas NewSpace industry and progress for the state and for the nation. The people of Texas are watching.”

    Download the press release here

  • SpaceUP Houston

    This weekend, June 25, members of the Texas Space Alliance will be attending SpaceUP Houston. This is what is referred to as an unconference, in which the attendees are the speakers and it is an open stage. Here you can come out and support the NewSpace industry and network with fellow space enthusiasts. You can find more information about the conference here. There are still registration spots available!

  • Texas Space Alliance Celebrates New Space “tourism” Law

    The Texas Space Alliance congratulated the governor and legislature on passing what it hopes will be the first of a new wave of pro-commercial space laws in the last weeks, and called for the Texas government to move quickly to pass other pro-commercial space legislation – before other states seal their leads in courting this billion dollar industry.

    With the signature of Texas Governor Rick Perry affixed, and its publication by the Texas Secretary of State, the new Texas space liability law goes into immediate effect. It restrains unlimited personal liability for passenger travel to/from space via the state of Texas, providing what should be the first of many steps to enhance space business in the state, moving Texas toward the goal of being a premiere space launch and landing destination for all customers—-personal, educational, commercial, military and governmental.

    “We at the Texas Space Alliance salute the government for taking this first small step towards making Texas a space state,” said Wayne Rast, Director-Governmental Affairs for TXA. “After having offered testimony in the Texas Senate on behalf of this legislation, we are thrilled to see it become the law in Texas.”

    The TXA, which worked with other pro-commercial space supporters to help pass the legislation saluted State Senator Carlos Uresti (TX-19), and Texas Congressmen Pete Gallego (TX-74), for introducing and then championing passage of this important new law, which it believes will help usher in an age of commercial space travel in Texas, including so called space “tourism” flights to the edge of space. They also acknowledge the work of Keith Graff and others on the governor’s staff, and the governor himself, who they believe can help rally the state to this important cause.

    “This is the beginning of a new effort on our part to “awaken the sleeping giant” of Texas when it comes to the emerging commercial space industry,” said TXA President Rick Tumlinson. But we have to move quickly. Other states such as Florida, Virginia and New Mexico are far ahead of us in courting and supporting this potentially multi-billion dollar industry, and if we want a part of it dramatic and determined action will be necessary – as the deals are being cut right now that will determine its future for decades.”

    With the liability law in place, the TXA is working on a Texas Space Plan that includes important items for improving the space business climate in Texas, including a zero-gravity, zero-tax law (ZGZT) to draw new jobs and industry to Texas, and the development of Space Enterprise Zones and a set of Texas Spaceports. ZGZT has received enthusiastic support from the Chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee – State Senator Mike Jackson (TX-11) and early efforts and interest from Texas Congressmen Larry Taylor (TX-24) and House Economic Development Chair John Davis (TX-129).”

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  • Forget past and focus on the future of space

    This past Sunday Rick Tumlinson had an article published in the Houston Chronicle bringing public attention to Texas Space Alliance. You can read the article here

  • New Space for a New Bay Area Economy

    As new congressional and local leaders prepare to take office in January, of key interest to the residents of the Bay Area will be how they handle NASA and other space issues. This is a perfect time for a major change in the way such leaders see their job in regards to JSC and the local space industry – stepping away from protecting dead end programs of the past to begin building a new Bay Area space economy based on the space industries of the future. Full Story