For example, there are now “10 spaceports in the nation” (1) with “eight non-governmental facilities in the entire country (that) received FAA licensing approval to operate as spaceports” (2). In no particular order these spaceports include the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, California Spaceport, Oklahoma Spaceport, Cape Canaveral Spaceport, Cecil Spaceport, Mojave Air & Space Port, Spaceport America, and Kodiak Launch Complex. There’s also SpaceX Spaceport which is under development in Texas (4) and Spaceport Puerto Rico. Around the globe there are even more spaceports in places like China, Dubai, Kazakhstan, Russia, Algeria, Kenya, South Korea, Australia, Japan, French Guiana, India, Israel, Marshall Islands, Iran, and Sweden (5).
Many of these spaceports are sending up satellites into low Earth orbit, others are sending astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and even others have plans to launch humans and innovative technologies to the moon and Mars. So how can you get involved in this explosive technological advancement that is influencing and shaping our world?
I offer the following for your consideration: NextPhase Foundation
NextPhase is leading multiple opportunities for technology and space innovation by bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and the technology industry. For example, they have secured an agreement with NASA in a collaborative effort to expand education and entrepreneurial programs as part of the Space Act Agreement. Working with multiple partners across the technology and space industry, public and private sectors, NextPhase is executing a creative and inclusive approach to all things innovation. In 2017 they are launching a Technology Transfer Startup Challenge! Teams will get the opportunity to compete and develop innovative technologies by leveraging NASA patented IP (6).
As many of you may know, I was honored with the opportunity to serve as an Advisor and Judge to NextPhase and the Technology Transfer Startup Challenge (respectively). I look forward to the opportunity to see incredible innovations as things progress and sharing the stories and opportunities that will develop. You can follow NextPhase on LinkedIn or Facebook.
Author: Dr. Eduardo Diaz, helping you exceed expectations.