Soaring High: Midland Development Corporation Fuels West Texas' Aerospace Ambitions

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17 May 2024

Space Day, celebrated on the first Friday of May each year, is a time to ignite curiosity about the cosmos and inspire the next generation of space explorers. This year, on May 3rd, Space Day takes on special significance for Midland, Texas, as the city continues solidifying its position as a significant player in the aerospace industry.

A Legacy of Looking Up: The History of Space Day

The human fascination with space stretches back centuries, from the groundbreaking observations of Galileo Galilei in the 17th century to the awe-inspiring lunar landing of 1969. Recognizing this enduring interest, aerospace giant Lockheed Martin established National Space Day in 1997 to spark student interest in careers within the industry. The event's success led to calls for official recognition, and in 2001, former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn declared an International Space Day for every May. Today, Space Day is a global phenomenon, igniting imaginations and fostering a sense of wonder about the universe.

Midland Takes Flight: The Rise of an Aerospace Hub

While the Permian Basin is traditionally known for its oil and gas production, Midland boasts a unique asset: the Midland International Air and Space Port. This one-of-a-kind facility, the first jointly located spaceport and airport in the world, shines brightly for the aerospace industry.
Midland Development Corporation has been crucial in propelling the city's aerospace ambitions. Recognizing the potential of this sector, the MDC has provided far-sighted leadership and strategic investments.

MDC: A Catalyst for Innovation

The recent decision by the Texas Chapter of the Space Force Association to establish its headquarters in Midland stands as a testament to the city's growing importance in aerospace. This strategic move highlights the potential of the Midland International Air and Space Port, particularly its capabilities for launching horizontal flight vehicles for supersonic and hypersonic testing.

Lourcey Sams, chairman of the MDC Board of Directors, emphasizes the long-term commitment required to cultivate a new industry: "Nurturing and building a new industry takes a lot of time and investment. Thankfully, we've had far-sighted leadership to see the potential of the aerospace and defense sector for Midland."

The MDC actively supports the Space Force Association by offering a platform to promote its events, information, and advocacy efforts within the space industry. This collaborative approach fosters a fertile environment for innovation and growth.

The Future is Wide Open: West Texas as a Space Dominance Leader

The Texas Chapter of the Space Force Association is confident about West Texas' role in the future of space exploration. The President of the Texas Chapter remarked, "West Texas is going to be a very, very strong key player in developing space domain awareness and securing that U.S. dominance in space."

With the ongoing development of the Spaceport Business Park and the unwavering support of the MDC, Midland is poised to become a leading hub for the aerospace industry. Space Day reminds us that the sky is not the limit, and Midland, Texas, is ready to boldly go where no Texan has before.

Are you ready to be a part of something extraordinary? The Midland Development Corporation actively seeks partnerships with companies and organizations at the forefront of aerospace innovation. Join us in shaping the future of space exploration! Connect with us here to learn more about investment opportunities and development partnerships.