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Axiom Space breaks ground at Ellington

Runoff elections scheduled for May 24

Turner announces city’s 2023 budget

Mealer sets sights on Hidalgo

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Axiom Space breaks ground at Ellington

The future of low-earth orbit and human spaceflight has a new base of operations, as Axiom Space recently broke ground on a new state-of-the-art headquarters at Ellington Airport, home of the future Houston Spaceport.

There, Axiom Space – which is developing Axiom Station, the world’s first commercial space station – will construct a campus containing employee offices, astronaut training and mission control facilities. The station will also contain engineering development, testing labs and a high bay production facility to house Axiom’s space station modules under construction.

Axiom Space President and CEO Michael Suffredini said the new facility was necessary to construct from scratch because there was no other one in the Greater Houston area capable of handling the company’s needs.

“From this Axiom Space headquarters campus, we will continue the progress in space that will revolutionize life back home,” Suffredini said. “We are proud to be an anchor tenant of the Houston Spaceport and ensure the future of human spaceflight and the space economy is centered in the city where it all began.”
This new program joins other historic ones such as the Apollo, Space Shuttle and ISS missions that earned it the title of Space City.

“These are historically exciting times for us all. As the city that helped put men on the moon, Houston continues to lead the way in technology and innovation,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Axiom Space has set itself apart from others in the private space industry. Our city – Space City – couldn’t be prouder for our own Houston Spaceport to serve as home base for such momentous commercial and academic advancement.”

Axiom Space has partnered with Jacobs, Turner Construction Company, Savills and Griffin Partners to expand the company’s headquarters at Houston Spaceport. Jacobs, in close collaboration with Axiom Space, designed the assembly, integration, and testing facility.

Axiom Space has contracted with Turner for site construction. Savills real estate firm represented Axiom Space in the lease negotiations, and Griffin Partners is providing development management services for the project.

Axiom Space will also be working closely with San Jacinto College, which recently launched its new EDGE Center located at Ellington Airport. Opened in 2020, the facility focuses on aerospace workforce training for the booming new spaceport.

Houston Airport System Director of Aviation Mario Diaz commented on San Jacinto College’s impact on the industry’s future.

“We recognize the importance of education and hands-on raining,” Diaz said at the groundbreaking. “We’re pleased to partner with San Jacinto College in developing the talent of the future. The EDGE Center offers unmatched aerospace training and a pathway to careers in the aerospace industry under the guidance of instructors who are at the top of their fields.”

The development of Axiom Space’s Spaceport property will be developed in two phases. Phase I includes 106,000 square feet of assembly integration and test facilities and aims to be completed by April 2023. The second phase will add facilities for labs, mission operations and training, aircraft operations and office space.

This is Axiom Space’s latest accomplishment as it grows the commercial space industry and expands access to low-Earth orbit to a broader international community. Axiom Space recently welcomed home the crew of Axiom Mission 1 after successfully completing the first all-private astronaut mission to the ISS, a precursor mission to Axiom Station. The company has also signed agreements with several nations including Italy, Hungary, and the United Arab Emirates to fly on future space missions.

Axiom Space was founded in Houston in 2016 Suffredini – NASA’s ISS program manager from 2005 to 2015 – and space entrepreneur Kam Ghaffarian to build the world’s first commercial space station and develop commercial space infrastructure that will drive a thriving low-Earth orbit economy. The company currently employs more than 400 people, the majority of which work at its current Houston facilities and has plans to grow the number to 600 by the end of 2022 and 1,000 by 2025.

Runoff elections scheduled for May 24

Nominees for county judge, county commissioner, state rep to be selected

The runoffs for the March 1 primary elections are set to take placeTuesday, May 24. Voters will decide several key races, in which no candidate received 50 percent of the vote or more in the original contest.

On the Democratic side of the aisle, voters will decide who will be the nominee for House District 147, lieutenant governor and attorney general, among other positions.

Democratic candidates seeking to represent the state’s House District 147, which encompasses much of the South Belt community north of Fuqua, include Danielle Keys Bess and Jolanda Jones. Current House District 147 Rep. Garnet Coleman is retiring after serving 30 years in the state’s lower chamber.

In the March 1 primary, Jones narrowly missed a runoff, receiving 42 percent of the vote to Bess’s 20 percent. Reagan Flowers received 17 percent of the vote; Aurelia Wagner received 9 percent; and Namrata Subramanian received 7 percent.

The winner of the runoff will face Republican Damian Jones who narrowly defeated opponent Rashard Baylor in the March 1 primary, receiving 54 percent of the vote to Baylor’s 46 percent.

Democratic candidates seeking the position of lieutenant governor include Michelle Beckley and Mike Collier.

In the March 1 primary, Collier received 42 percent of the vote to Beckley’s 30 percent. Third Democratic candidate Carla Brailer received 28 percent.
The winner of the runoff will face Republican Dan Patrick in November’s general election. Patrick handily won the March 1 primary, taking home 77 percent of the vote.

Democratic candidates seeking the position of attorney general include Joe Jaworski and Rochelle Mercedes Garza. In the March 1 primary, Garza received 43 percent of the vote to Jaworski’s 20 percent. Lee Merritt received 19 percent of the vote; Mike Fields received 12 percent; and S. Raynor received 6 percent.

The Republican contest for attorney general is also headed to a runoff between Ken Paxton and George P. Bush. In the March 1 primary, Paxton received 43 percent of the vote to Bush’s 23 percent. Eva Guzman received 18 percent of the vote and Louie Gohmaert received 17 percent.

Other races to be decided on the Republican side of the aisle include Harris County Precinct 2 commissioner and Harris County judge.

Competing to be the Republican nominee for Harris County Precinct 2 commissioner are Jerry Mouton and former Precinct 2 commissioner Jack Morman.

In the March 1 primary, Morman received 40 percent of the vote to Mouton’s 22 percent. Former Pasadena Mayor John Manlove received 17 percent of the vote; Richard Vega received 15 percent; and Daniel Jason received 5 percent.
In the Democratic contest, incumbent Adrian Garcia easily won his party’s nomination, receiving 76 percent of the vote. George Risner received 13 percent of the vote and Gary Harrison received 11 percent.

In the race for Harris County judge, candidates Alexandra del Moral Mealer and Vidal Martinez are competing for the Republican nomination.

In the March 1primary, Mealer (see related story on Page 1) received 30 percent of the vote to Martinez’s 26 percent. Martina Lemond Dixon received 15 percent of the vote; Randy Kubosh received 10 percent; and Warren Howell received 8 percent.

The winner of the runoff will face County Judge Lina Hidalgo in the November general election.

Hidalgo handily won the March Democratic primary, receiving 70 percent of the vote. Erica Davis received 15 percent of the vote; Georgia provost received 6 percent; Maria Garcia received 4 percent; Kevin Howard received 3 percent; and Ahmad “Robbeto” Hassan received 2 percent.

Early voting is currently underway and will continue through Friday, May 20.

The nearest early voting location for South Belt residents is the El Franco Lee Community Center at 9500 Hall Road.

The Harris County annex at 10851 Scarsdale at Beamer is not listed as an early voting location, as in past elections.

Voters who reside in Harris County may now cast their ballot at any polling location on Election Day regardless of their precinct.

Nearby Election Day polling sites include the following locations:
– Harris County Scarsdale Annex @ 10851 Scarsdale.
– Burnett Elementary @ 11825 Teaneck.
– Stuchbery Elementary @ 11210 Hughes Road.
– Frazier Elementary @ 10503 Hughes Road.
– Beverly Hills Int. @ 11111 Beamer
– Weber Elementary School @ 11955 Blackhawk.
– Genoa Staff Development Center @ 12900 Almeda Genoa.
– Beverly Hills Community Center @ 10201 Kingspoint.
– Lone Star Flight Museum @ 11551 Aerospace.
– South Belt Elementary @ 1801 Riverstone Ranch Road.
– El Franco Lee Community Center @ 9500 Hall Road.
– Bush Elementary @ 9100 Blackhawk.
– Garfield Elementary @ 10301 Hartsook.

Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To see a complete list of polling locations or a sample ballot, visit www.harris


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