Texas Governor Greg Abbott is requesting a staggering $350M from state legislators to form a Texas Space Commission, as first reported by Ars Technica.
While details on specific allocations have yet to be determined, the overall goal of the funding will be to further establish Texas as a space hub.
“With companies seeking to expand space travel in coming years, continued development of the space industry in the state will ensure Texas remains at the forefront not only in the United States, but the entire world,” stated Governor Abbott in his office’s official budget report.
Lots of space in Texas: The Lone Star state is home to a growing space business community, with major space companies such as Firefly, Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Payload either HQ’d or maintaining a significant presence in the area.
The proposed $350M investment would boost Texas’ competitiveness in the launch market, while also providing support for the rest of the state’s space ecosystem.