“Houston, Tranquility Base. The eagle has landed.”
The words from astronaut Neil Armstrong established Houston as home to astronauts, “The Impossible” and big dreams. Houston also is University to the next generation of space industry professionals.
“We are moving into a time where commercial space flight will take over and it won’t be government oriented,” said UH Professor William Paloski. “Professionals will come from the rank and file—from universities—to run these programs.”
Paloski heads the Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research, one of several UH programs developing tomorrow’s space industry professional.
“The industry will need architects, aerospace engineers who can design space vehicles, life scientists who can decide who can fly and how to support those people, biomedical engineers and physicist who are working at the basic understanding of how vehicle move in and out of space,” he said. “And then there’s the whole business and legal aspects of how to do space flight, and who owns space and who owns which routes in space.”
At the University of Houston, space architecture students design habitats for the moon or mars; others students may study Human Space Exploration Science. UH Faculty lead research on life support systems, space radiation and the impact of zero gravity on the body.
“UH’s proximity to the Johnson Space Center means that some of the faculty and students have come from there or are working in collaboration with JSC,” Paloski, a former researcher with NASA/JSC, said. “They have the knowledge developed over years. So, I think we’re in a good location and we have the right kind of professionals here to train the next generation here at the University of Houston.”
The Future in Space is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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