Ion takes a giant leap in innovation by partnering with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to launch a “Technology Transfer Center” at Ion to strengthen the region’s aerospace innovation ecosystem of Houston-Galveston.
According to a statement, the private-public partnership will include events, programs and initiatives to develop new technologies for commercial and private space industries and “accelerate the space endeavors of tomorrow” by giving entrepreneurs access to the IP portfolio of The NASA.
“This partnership will allow us to increase the number of startups through our aerospace accelerator targeting minority businesses and help achieve NASA’s goals of improving scientific and technological knowledge for the benefit of all humanity, while we are propelling space commercialization and working to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon under Artemis,” said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Houston has a large pool of aerospace talent and expertise with more than 23,000 professionals. Spaceport Houston is also positioning the region as a leader in the emerging commercial spaceflight industry.
In 2021, Ion launched the Aerospace Innovation Accelerator for Minority Businesses, which develops companies tackling aerospace-related challenges with support from NASA and DivInc.
“Together, our Ion community of startups, entrepreneurs and academic institutions, across all industries and disciplines – from healthcare to sports, e-commerce and resilience – is the place to perform. people and for NASA to draw talent. Just as NASA is the perfect team to inspire our Ion community to aim for the stars. Together, we will preserve Houston’s title as “Space City” and advance the industry world space for future missions,” said Jan E. Odegard, Executive Director of Ion.
The new collaboration is another example of recent major announcements highlighting the momentum of Houston’s aerospace industry.