Other 2016 Sponsors


Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Learn more about Aerojet Rocketdyne at and



Axiom Space, LLC is a commercial space company dedicated to developing a robust economy in low Earth orbit and expanding the number of countries involved in human spaceflight.  The Axiom vision is to make living and working in space common place as a means to sustained deep space exploration.  Our goal is to develop, launch and operate an international commercial space station to follow the International Space Station when it is retired.  Our near term project is a large sophisticated module designed to support research, manufacturing, exploration, education, sovereign astronauts and tourists while attached to ISS.  The Axiom Module will allow a seamless transition of ISS users to a commercial platform, preserving the economy, by being relocated to the Axiom international commercial space station at ISS end of life.


The Bay Area Houston Economic PartnershipBAHEP, is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment.  Utilizing a collaborative committee structure, BAHEP engages approximately 270 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions in southeast Texas to bring about prosperity and a high quality of life for the 800,000 people who live and work in the region.




FIRST® is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM). FIRST® is a “Sport for the Mind”™ where young, innovative, and creative minds explore solving real-world problems and competing in an exciting hands-on robotics contest. It is an annual program of four groups, set up by age, culminating in an international robotics competition and celebration. SpaceCom 2016 will host the FIRST®  LEGO®  League, FIRST®  Tech Challenge, and FIRST®  Robotics Competition through FIRST®


The Heinlein Prize® honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein™, renowned American author. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. Efforts include: the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, the Microgravity Research Competition, the Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize, the “Flight Into the Future” international contests, the Have Space Suit — Will Travel educational program, and the online Heinlein Archives.



Intuitive Machines is a company that brings to bear a very unique array of talent, analytical services, and computational tools to solve significant challenges across multiple industries. By leveraging state-of-the-art engineering tools and practices, integrated with current research and advanced technologies we arrive at original outcomes. As an engineering design and development think tank, we provide products and solutions that employ a “flight proven” lean engineering development model. Our rapid iterative design-build-test capability significantly lowers development costs, and shortens the development cycle, while increasing the probability of success of any project.



The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). It was designated as a core performance agency to support the Japanese government’s overall aerospace development and utilization. JAXA, therefore, can conduct integrated operations from basic research and development, to utilization. In 2013, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its founding, JAXA created the corporate slogan, “Explore to Realize,” which reflects its management philosophy of utilizing space and the sky to achieve a safe and affluent society. JAXA became a National Research and Development Agency in April 2015, and took a new step forward to achieve optimal R&D achievements for Japan, according to the government’s purpose of establishing a national R&D agency.



The McLennan County Spaceport Development Corporation exists to increase infrastructure and access other items needed to pursue space flight activities, which would include training, research, development, testing or manufacturing for the launch of spacecraft.



Midland International Air & Space Port is the first U.S. commercial spaceport to be co-located with a major commercial airport. This provides access to modern terminal facilities and allows for easy access to direct flights as well as a growing metropolitan area with many amenities. The Midland Development Corporation can provide active business support and economic incentives for diversified companies that establish and retain jobs in the area. Texas’ regulatory environment makes the available sites at the Midland Spaceport Business Park a prime setting for office space, R&D and manufacturing. These collective benefits are attracting a growing cluster of innovative aerospace companies and a strong labor market of engineers and technical workers with transferable skills.



Moon Express is a privately funded commercial space company blazing a trail to the Moon with low cost robotic spacecraft products and services specializing in operations in space and on or around low gravity bodies. The company is driven by the economic potential of lunar resources and the necessity to develop these resources for humanity’s future in space and on Earth.


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Oceaneering‘s Advanced Technologies (ADTECH) group is recognized as an industry leader in enabling humans to work safely and effectively in harsh environments ranging from the depths of the sea to the outer reaches of space. ADTECH specializes in the support of manned systems and the development and application of practical, cost-effective robotic systems in multiple industries.

ADTECH designs, builds, and operates unique underwater systems for the US Navy and provides life cycle maintenance services for Submarines and Deep Submergence Systems. ADTECH is advancing robotic technologies for in orbit satellite servicing and provides spacecraft life support systems to the aerospace industry. ADTECH is also an award winning leader in design, build and installation of theme park entertainment ride systems and provides intra-logistic solutions using AGV systems.

ADTECH’s business areas are: Oceaneering Technologies, Marine Services Division, Oceaneering Space Systems, and Oceaneering Entertainment Systems, Oceaneering AGV Systems, and ADTECH Manufacturing Group. All business areas of ADTECH are ISO 9001 certified.



At Paragon our passion is to support exploration in any extreme environment! We are a premier provider of environmental controls, life support services, and products for hazardous environments. We design, build, test and operate life support and leading thermal control systems and products for astronauts, contaminated water divers, and other extreme environment explorers, as well as for unmanned space and terrestrial applications. Paragon provides full service space flight support to our commercial, government, and private spaceflight customers. Proven capabilities include everything from design, and analysis, to flight hardware manufacturing and human rated testing.



SCIS provides specialized security and fire services to the highly regulated Aerospace, Defense, Energy, Government and Nuclear industries. SCIS employs more than 12,000 security officers across the U.S. with over 90% of Aerospace/Defense officers holding a federal clearance. The SCIS Aerospace/Defense division focuses on protective services for the Federal Government and Government contractors. SCIS client partners include eight of the Top 10 Department of Defense contractors, and SCIS is the only security company to become a full member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). SCIS is a knowledge leader in security with solutions that fit each client’s unique needs and the specialized infrastructure to support operations.


Spaceport Camden is a proposed vertical launch and landing base and Georgia’s access point to the commercial space industry, located in Camden County.
Vision: To develop a successful world-class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the commercial Space Center of the United States.
Mission: To create the premier spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County and the State of Georgia and the United States of America.



Founded in January 2015 by Ryan Holmes, CEO, SpaceVR is the world’s first virtual reality platform allowing users to #BeAnAstronaut and experience space firsthand from any mobile, desktop or virtual reality device. Through the use of 360-degree cameras, SpaceVR technology feeds footage from low earth orbit back to Earth so consumers can experience space travel in immersive virtual reality.


SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has more than 4,000 employees at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; a rocket-development facility in McGregor, Texas; and offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, DC.


Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT) provides award-winning, high-value engineering, mission operations, scientific, and IT service solutions to a wide array of federal government agencies nationwide. Founded in 1994 by Harold Stinger and Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, SGT is headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland with locations throughout the country. With the focus on our commitment to integrity, customers and employees – our ICE principles – we partner with our customers and teammates to deliver innovative solutions for today’s most challenging problems.



TASC, an Engility Company, has been making space access and operations reliable and safe for our national security, defense, civil, and commercial customers for over 50 years. Today, TASC is building on that legacy to architect and sustain the space and ground systems needed for the challenging space environments we will encounter in the upcoming new era of human space exploration. Whether it’s helping customers meet “five 9’s” levels of availability for space communications and data, performing independent review of the mission-critical software for the International Space Station and the Orion interplanetary spacecraft, or providing mission assurance for a 99% success record of rocket launches for DoD and NASA, TASC is ready to help NASA extend humanity’s exploration of the universe.



Vector is a space systems company focused on providing micro launches and micro space platforms to startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs. With state-of-the-art satellite software technologies, propulsion systems, and mobile launch vehicles, Vector is opening up a market of affordable, reliable, launches without the traditional high costs and long-lead wait times.

Vector’s orbital capability and micro satellite launch vehicle make frequent, small satellite launches possible at numerous launch site locations. Under the direction of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, and VMware, Vector is leading the way in innovative technologies and aggressive program developments.



Virgin Galactic is the world’s first commercial spaceline. Founded by Sir Richard Branson and owned by the Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS, Virgin Galactic aims to open access to space to change the world for good. Virgin Galactic is developing reliable, affordable, and frequent services both for human spaceflight and satellite launch. To launch the small satellite revolution, Virgin Galactic is developing LauncherOne, a flexible launch service for commercial and government-built satellites. LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and will be air-launched from a dedicated 747-400 carrier from various locations. To revolutionize human spaceflight, Virgin Galactic is testing the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, a reusable space launch system. The number of customers who paid to reserve places to fly on SpaceShipTwo is already greater than the total number of humans who have ever been to space throughout history. SpaceShipTwo and its carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, are manufactured and tested in Mojave, California by Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing wing, The Spaceship Company. Commercial operations will be based in New Mexico at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.