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San Jac launches EDGE Center at Spaceport

At the hub of the Houston Spaceport, the San Jacinto College EDGE Center is equipping students with the hands-on training they need to build the next phase of aerospace history.

The college marked the grand opening of the EDGE Center Friday, Oct. 1, with elected officials, community members, faculty and staff.
While San Jacinto students began using the new facility in 2020, the grand opening event was delayed due to restrictions associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“With this facility, we will inspire, innovate and train the talent needed at the Houston Spaceport,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “Our industry partners developed the program and defined the skills needed for these evolving careers. You can feel the passion and excitement as you walk through the training area.”

The center offers aerospace training and a pathway to exciting careers in the aerospace industry. San Jacinto College is the official education training partner for the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport.

“This facility is at the epicenter of the Houston Spaceport,” said Mario Diaz, director of aviation, Houston Airport System. “This is where the next chapter of the rivalry to space will be written by the minds and hands of Houstonians for generations to come. The talent who will learn how to build toward the future of space exploration starts right here at the EDGE Center.”

The programs offered through the EDGE Center are aerospace structure technician, aerospace electrical technician, composite technician, industrial automation technician and aerospace quality technician. The center also offers a drone program preparing individuals for FAA certifications as well as a drone flight class and a drone build class.

One of the EDGE Center’s aerospace industry partners is Intuitive Machines, which is designing systems to be used in the first soft lunar landing since 1972.

“San Jacinto College is providing skills that are desperately needed, and EDGE students will be put to work on real jobs in the aerospace industry.” said Intuitive Machines President/CEO Steve Altemus.

“It’s great to see the spaceport come alive with the Houston Airport System, the aerospace industry and academia all working together,” Altemus said.
Altemus praised Hellyer’s leadership in this area.

“I appreciate Dr. Brenda Hellyer’s leadership and her demonstration that we’re all connected, and that when we’re together, we’re greater than the sum of our equal parts. And we’re better as a community as well, as a result.”

Altemus has seen several of the program’s first graduates come to work for his company as they develop the next lunar lander. One of those students, Cyrus Shy, went from intern to full-time technician in less than a year.

“The impact this program and Intuitive Machines has had on my life has been overwhelmingly incredible,” said Shy. “It has changed the trajectory of my life. I work for a company that cares about each other and works toward a common goal.”

Once all 450 acres of the Houston Spaceport are fully developed at Ellington Airport, it will become a focal point in the region for aerospace research, manufacturing and commercial space operations.

To learn more about the EDGE Center, visit

Houston Spaceport
Work continues on the Houston Spaceport located at Ellington Airport.
In October 2018, Houston City Council approved more than $18.8 million in funding for Phase 1 of the Houston Spaceport project at Ellington Airport. An official groundbreaking took place the following year in July 2019.

The completion of work on the design-build agreement with Texas Sterling-Banicki, JV LLC will provide infrastructure vital to the development of the 90 acres set aside for Phase 1, including streets, water, wastewater, electrical power distribution facilities and communications facilities necessary to attract future development.

Granted the 10th commercial spaceport license in June 2015, the Houston Spaceport will become a focal point in the region for aerospace operations, such as the launching of micro satellites, astronaut training, zero gravity experimentation, spacecraft manufacturing and a host of other potential activities.
“Houston offers a booming economy with a strong aerospace industrial base, a well-educated workforce with experience in the high-tech demands of space exploration and plenty of room for growth at a strategically located airport facility,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“The Houston Spaceport project looks to the future and embraces our city’s spirit of adventure and innovation,” Turner said.

Phase 1 of the Houston Spaceport project will offer tenants and partners a unique environment in which to collaborate as well as an operational platform to achieve critical business objectives. By housing organizations from across several industries and disciplines on one campus, the 10th licensed commercial spaceport located in the United States will foster and accelerate key aerospace engineering activities, including:
– Component and composite development and fabrication.
– Space vehicle assembly
– Zero-gravity scientific and medical experiments.
– Microsatellite deployment.
– Astronaut training and development.
– Space tourism.

“Phase 1 is an important first step toward our final vision for the Houston Spaceport,” said Mario C. Diaz, Houston Aviation director. “With more than 600 acres of land available for lease at the location, the Houston Spaceport is primed for development, and with vital infrastructure in place, momentum for this exciting project continues to build — much like our future partners will with these key assets already in place.”

Construction in Phase 1 will eventually include a co-working space located near the Houston Aerospace Support Center, as well as land for several aerospace companies, and more. Innovation is at the very heart of aerospace and the core of the Houston Spaceport project.

The innovative enterprise is designed to support growth and expansion across a highly diverse range of industry clusters, like drone technology, and foster and accelerate key aerospace engineering activities like component and composite development and fabrication and beyond.

“We are excited to move forward with the construction of the infrastructure that we’ve been planning for,” said Arturo Machuca, the General Manager of Ellington Airport and the Houston Spaceport.

“This is an important step in the process, putting in place the groundwork for future partners and giving them the infrastructure necessary for developing future ventures,” said Machuca.

The majority of the funding – more than $13.1 million – will go to preconstruction and design services, and construction phase services.

Funding for the project will come from the Houston Airport System Airport Improvement Fund.

“Once completed, Phase 1 will stand ready to encourage even more progress to help companies with development of satellite technologies, drone technology, and urban air mobility initiatives,” said Diaz. “And beyond technology, it will help develop the talent to drive innovation forward. San Jacinto College is taking steps to open an aerospace workforce training center here, providing a talent pipeline that will help attract companies to Houston.”

To learn more about Phase I, visit

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Suspect leads police on foot, bike chase

A manhunt near the creeks along Blackhawk caught the attention of many South Belt residents the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 12.

According to Precinct 2 officials, the incident began around 7 a.m. when deputies visited a home in the 11100 block of Sagecountry about a disturbance call the previous day between a mother and her 24-year-old son. As the mother let the deputies inside, the son jumped through a window and attempted to flee the scene.

The male was grabbed by a deputy, hand-cuffed and detained for questioning. As he was being detained, however, the man escaped custody and ran toward the nearby hike-and-bike trail.

The chase saw the suspect running through multiple bodies of water and a 50-yard draining tunnel. At one point during the pursuit, Precinct 2 Sgt. Robert Sanchez – tired from running – had to commandeer a bicycle from a female cyclist.

Police lost track of the suspect for about 30 minutes, before an alert resident spotted the handcuffed man near Mariposa Bend headed toward Caddo Creek. Deputies were able to catch up with the suspect in the 11000 block of Arrowhead Trace and place him in custody without incident, as he reportedly told officers he was tired of running.

Timothy Wright, 24, was charged with evading on foot. Sanchez said he may face more charges for the disturbance call the day before. Wright has had multiple prior run-ins with deputies, Sanchez said.


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