Houston: Space City and the Gateway to Innovation

Wednesday, June 19th 2019 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
USA Partnership The LAUNCHPAD, Booth #3-B79 Hall 3

From the historic Apollo 11 mission that put the first humans on the moon a half-century ago to a new commercial spaceport that will drive the future of exploration, Houston has long played a key role in aerospace innovation. Hear former International Space Station Commander Tim Kopra discuss Houston’s monumental achievements and how the city is preparing to pioneer the next phase of space exploration. A panel dialogue will follow featuring Houston leaders discussing education of a new generation of engineers and explorers, the intersection of NASA technology and the private sector, and what visitors to Houston interested in space history can experience.


Saba Abashawl, Chief External Affairs Officer, Houston Airport System

David Alexander, Director, Rice Space Institute 

Dyan Gibbens, Founder & CEO, Trumbull Unmanned

William Harris, President and CEO, Space Center Houston 

John Kajander, SpaceCom, Houston First

Tim Kopra, International Space Station Commander

Arturo Machuca, General Manager, Houston Spaceport

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