From the moon to mars, Collins Aerospace opens a new 120,000-square-foot facility at the Spaceport

The company will help create the next generation of space suits

HOUSTON – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon for the new Collins Aerospace building at the Houston Spaceport.

During the grand opening, the next generation xEVAS spacesuit was also unveiled.

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Sen. Ted Cruz along with Mayor Turner joined other community and state leaders at the ribbon-cutting and gave remarks about the role of Texas in advancing America’s continued exploration of the final frontier.

“End-to-end systems for the next generation of space flight will be done right here in this building,” Phil Jasper, President of Mission Systems for Collins Aerospace said.

It’s a $30 million investment into the future of space technology.

“It’s hundreds of new high-paying jobs in Houston, but it also paves the way for thousands of new jobs. Every bit is important,” Senator Ted Cruz said.

Jasper says their first project is engineering new space suits for NASA.

“We’ll actually be doing actual build test integration of the product,” he said.

Part of the space is also serving as a space flight incubator where they can partner with local universities and other leaders in tech.

“We’re going to be doing everything from engineering work to designing some of those next-generation systems for human space exploration,” Jasper said.

Collins Aerospace said they plan to innovate new materials for use in space, including medicine.

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