Econ was in Houston and Washington for a multi-day Space Industry Roadshow with two other Hungarian companies, intending to develop future cooperation opportunities with US partner companies and organizations.
The roadshow started in Houston and continued in Washington. It aimed to establish forward-looking professional collaborations with US partner companies and organizations and to discuss space-related development trends and applied technologies. It involved several company locations, including Collins Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), and Axiom Space. Gábor Kiglics, head of Econ group, and Zsolt Ménesi, head of Econ USA, LLC, represented our company at the event. During the roadshow, our colleagues presented engineering simulation technologies and new methods developed by Econ, some of which we have already applied in our space industry projects.
The Space Industry Roadshow in Details
The first stop of the Hungarian delegation was the visit to the Houston headquarters of Collins Aerospace, founded in 2018. The business meeting participants discussed potential cooperation possibilities and business development plans and had the opportunity to learn about Collins Aerospace’s space flight systems and avionics solutions. During the site visit, our colleagues were given an insight into the production of the new generation of space suits, saw the four-story vertical storage system, and even the toilets designed for space use.
They then visited the headquarters of Intuitive Machines, with whom Puli Space Tech is already collaborating on their design, the Puli Lunar Water Snooper. Our colleagues also had the opportunity to see the extreme mobility mini-moon vehicle, which is ready for launch and ready to fly. Intuitive Machines also presented its propulsion test lab and vibration test platform.
Houston, the space city
Our colleagues, with associates of invited Hungarian companies, met with key players in Houston’s space industry during a business roundtable discussion at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP). The meeting included BAHEP, NASA, Rice Space Institute, University of Houston Clear Lake, and WRX representatives.
Visiting the various facilities of Econ’s business partner Axiom Space, our colleagues toured the Gemini building, currently under construction, as the company’s next-generation space suit development center. Once completed, the entire manufacturing process will be traceable. Hand-stitched spacesuits and -gloves will be produced here for private and public customers. Members of the Hungarian delegation also tested the space tools and a specially designed glove to assist in their use. At the company’s headquarters in Houston, they visited the Mission Control Center, where Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, signed a Spaceflight Agreement with Axiom Space’s CEO this autumn.
Besides building new relationships, the Space Industry Roadshow proved to be a professional inspiration and technological insight to all participants.