Importance of Space to Houston

Importance of Johnson Space Center to Houston Economy:

    JSC manages an annual budget of $5.9 billion

    18,294 direct aerospace employees (3,294 civil servants)

    Total personal income of local individuals from JSC related jobs and activities $2,351,867,022

    Total number of jobs attributable to JSC locally 31,497

    JSC obligates $533 million across Texas to small, women- and minority-owned businesses

    NASA has agreements with 48 Texas universities and educational institutions, valued at $62 million

Impact of Project Constellation Termination:

    Houston will lose 4,000 – 7,000 highly skilled engineers and scientists locally, while as many as 20,000 – 30,000 will be lost nationally.

    If Johnson Space Center loses 4,000 direct jobs, Houston looses an additional 2,315, totaling 6,315; and, loss of income and expenditures locally of $567,470,263

    If Johnson Space Center loses 7,000 directs jobs, Houston looses an additional 4,052, totaling 11,052; and, loss of income and expenditures of $993,072,960 – almost $1 billion

    The Orion spacecraft program has invigorated Johnson Space Center; 35% of the engineers working on the Orion Crew Capsule are young professionals under the age of 35.

Human spaceflight is fundamental to America’s future leadership in the world. We need to support the commercial spaceflight industry, but not at the expense of human spaceflight. It will take years for them to get “up to speed”. Human spaceflight is fundamental to America’s future leadership in the world. We need to support the commercial spaceflight industry, but not at the expense of human spaceflight. It will take years for commercial launchers to get “up to speed” in human rating their launchers.

Note:We would like to thank a special person for forwarding us this material from Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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