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Rice Departments
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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Chemistry
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Rice Clubs, Centers, and Institutes

Rice Space Institute

Rice Quantum Institute

The Smalley-Curl Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology

Applied Physics and Astronomy GSA

SEDS Rice chapter

Rice Eclipse

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Funding and Internship Search Resources

Ames Research Center/NASA

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Johnson Space Center

Langley Space Center

Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA Internships

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership with focus on Aerospace

Technology Collaboration Center :

The Technology Collaboration Center is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit formed as a partnership between the NASA Johnson Space Center, industry and universities, solving challenging technology problems through innovative solutions by connecting collaboration partners from across technology sectors.

As a member-driven organization, TCC members participate on the Board of Directors and Advisory Council, aligning the TCC's mission and programs with the needs of members and the community. The TCC offers a number of services and programs for the members and technology community in Houston. These include Collaboration Concierge Services, Onsite Seminars, Workshops and Strategic Challenge Program.

Global Space Industry - statistics and facts 5/2021

Global Space Industry Reports 2019:

Global Space/US Market:

  1. The Space Economy in Figures: How Space Contributes to the Global Economy : It’s a great report that expands on relevant topics such as the “ongoing transformation of the global space sector” and the “socio-economic impacts of space investments.” It has a lot of information regarding the global industry but you can skip to different chapters, including one that focuses on the U.S. Market.
  2. The Space Report 2019 Q1: Current activities and developments in the global space industry with a focus on the U.S market. Section 3 is all about “Topics Covered in Space Infrastructure” such as satellites, spacecrafts, landers, etc It also talks about U.S. Space Industry Employment and Salaries.
  3. Global Space Strategies and Best Practices : This report is a consulting research paper provided to the Australian government highlighting possible economic opportunties within the space industry. The first half, however, is solely focused on the global space. It is interesting to see how consulting firms can contribute.
  4. BoAML - Thematic Investing in Global Space - Don't get intimated by the length, it's another good report looking at Space in terms of business and finance. Good to skim through.

Start Up Funding/Satellites:

  1. Start-Up Space: Update on Investment in Commercial Space Ventures: Talks about investments and funding in “New Space” start ups. It’s a bit lengthy but if you scroll through the graphics, it’s very informational.
  2. Our Service Offering for the Space Sector: It’s a pitch from PwC and helpful in highlighting the value chain for “New Space” Tech.

Also, as an example, these links are for reports that look very useful but weren’t free:

  1. Global Space Industry Outlook Report 2019-2025: Satellite Manufacturing, Launch Services, Downstream, Ground Stations and Satellite Networks, Value Chain
  2. The Future of Space, 2030 and Beyond
  3. Global Space Industry Market and Technology Forecast to 2026

Aerospace Companies

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space (NSS) programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). We have highly specialized laboratories for design, development and analysis of systems and capabilities. We also apply more than 55 years of space systems experience to projects in the national interest for civil agencies like NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial companies, universities, and international organizations. Aerospace has participated in virtually every NSS program since the beginning of the space era. Our highly skilled technical staff focuses on ensuring the success of every mission and on developing the most effective, innovative, and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our insight and involvement in space programs have significantly reduced the risk of launch failure and increased both satellite endurance and performance. Due to the expertise of our personnel, Air Force launch vehicle and satellite performance successes have been unmatched by any other space program.

AEXA Aerospace, LLC

AEXA Aerospace, LLC is an emerging engineering / related services company. AEXA’s services include aerospace / aviation services, engineering services, scientific research / technical development, software development / engineering, and spaceport development. In 2010, AEXA Aerospace received an award from the Discovery Channel for the creation of the Mexican Space Agency. Additionally, the company has supported the Mexican Federal Government telecommunications program, MEX-SAT. AEXA seeks to become a major player in the development of international space exploration by providing engineering and scientific solutions to facilitate international exploration of space for the United States and its neighbors. AEXA's office in the U.S. is located at 1120 NASA Parkway, Suite 220G, Houston, TX, phone 713.260.9624.

All Points Logistics, LLC

All Points Logistics, LLC (All Points) is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Merritt Island, FL, with major operational sites in Huntsville, AL; Houston, TX; and Reston, VA. The Houston office supports several contracts, including the Human Health Institutional Management Support (HHIMS) contract, where it provides institutional management and IT support; a Boeing subcontract supporting the International Space Station with IT sustaining engineering and property system administration; and a major subcontract with Lockheed Martin supporting the Orion Program with technical services and operational support to Human-rated flight and ground software development, integration and testing.

Al-Razaq Computing Services

Al-Razaq offers professional and technology integration services specializing in operations management and business systems integration for aerospace, energy, and other industries.

Anadarko Industries, LLC (AI)

Anadarko Industries (AI) is a Small Business Administration (SBA) certified small disadvantaged business owned by the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma. The Wichita Tribe is located in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and the AI company headquarters are located in Houston, Texas. The company has prime contracts and subcontract work at NASA Johnson Space Center and an engineering support contract with The Boeing Company in Clear Lake, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, In addition, the company has government contract work in Washington, D.C., Fort Collins, Colorado, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, and Tampa, Florida. This work includes Engineering Support, Information Technology Services, Safety/Fire Protection Operations, Logistics and Procurement Services, Military Cyber Operations, and Business Management support.

ARES Corporation

ARES is a high performance technology solutions provider in the areas of energy, defense, aerospace and infrastructure. ARES provides superior products and services, on time and within budget. Skill sets include: engineering, risk management, mission assurance, software/information technology, and project management.

Airbus DS Houston, previously known as Astrium North America, is located near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. With a rich heritage of hardware and software products plus training and support services, Airbus DS Houston continues to provide quality products and services to meet the stringent needs of aerospace. Airbus DS Houston owned and operated a fleet of Integrated Cargo Carriers during the Space Shuttle era. The ICC program ran for 12 successful missions and carried tons of cargo to the International Space Station using the Space Shuttle. The ICC program was comprised of the physical hardware, integration assistance and coordination, mission operations, training, international communications and planning. Some of the ICC platforms are now permanently mounted for external storage on the ISS. Today, Airbus DS Houston personnel are involved in developing new platforms for the ISS, including the Nanoracks External Platform (NREP). The NREP hosts experiments on the outside of the ISS with power and data communications. Now, your experiment can experience space without the need for cubesat-type electrical, communication, navigational and propulsion systems and you get your experiment returned from space when complete. Airbus also provides superior support to NASA in terms of simulation platform support, astronaut training, software development, international partner liaison and logistics and many other disciplines.

Barrios Technology

Barrios Technology, a woman-owned business, specializes in aerospace engineering and science, program planning and control, mission integration and operations, and software engineering and integration. For 30+ years, Barrios has demonstrated their mission to be the foremost small aerospace engineering services company providing extraordinary value to their customers, employees and communities.

Bastion Technologies

Bastion Technologies, Inc. (Bastion) is a minority-owned Small Disadvantaged Business providing turn-key Engineering Design, Analysis, and Enabling Application Solutions to DoD (Army and Air Force), NASA, and private industry (Oil and Gas) customers. Bastion's core strengths are Systems Engineering, Safety and Mission Assurance, Structural and Mechanical Design, Information Technology, and Technical and Management (Configuration Management, Documentation/Data Management, Logistics and Inventory Control) support services. Bastion offers in-house design tools and expertise including ANSYS, Solid Works, Unigraphics, SIMULINK, MATHCAD, CATIA, FEMAP and NASTRAN. We provide concept to delivery flight hardware and range experience inclusive of ELV, missile system, and aircraft support. Further, Bastion developed and actively markets the Enterprise Platform for Integrated Contracting Systems (EPICS). This integrated, web-based database application is used for managing contractual, financial, and performance data for multiple contracts in a governmental agency/contractor/subcontractor environment. EPICS enables fast, simple, and secure tracking and reporting of complex data sets for task and delivery orders, contract modifications and workflow processes.

The Boeing Company

Boeing Space Exploration’s legacy began with the X-15, spanned to Apollo, then the Space Shuttle Program and continues today with the International Space Station, Commercial Crew and Space Launch System programs. Boeing Space Exploration, headquartered in Houston, is a leading provider of human space flight and space exploration systems and services providing design, development, engineering, software development, advanced research, sustaining engineering and manufacturing for government and commercial customers.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz-Allen Hamilton is a leading global consulting firm, that helps government and commercial clients solve their toughest problems with services in cyber security solutions, defense, intelligence, Base Realignment and Closure transitions, healthcare segments and financial reform, research, and information technology. Its clients are the world's largest corporations, emerging growth companies, government agencies, and institutions that want to change their organizations and the world for the better.

Cimarron Software Services, Inc.

Cimarron provides hardware and software development, deployment, operations and maintenance of the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center; real-time Space Station avionics development; commercial turnkey real-time control technology and communications; mobile communication systems for emergency operations.

CYFOR Technologies LLC

CYFOR Technologies LLC is an 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Owned, minority owned, small business providing cyber security, intelligence and engineering services to the aerospace and DOD communities. Our cyber security experts are well versed in the areas of strategic planning, rapid innovation and integration, cyber policy and procedure development, technology introduction/innovation and risk assessments and mitigation. We also provide multi-domain intelligence support of cyberspace operations. Our engineering experience includes program and project management, electrical, mechanical and systems engineering and integration, as well as design and analysis in the areas of advanced power and communication systems. In addition, our company supports the local community through education and training alongside academia for the promotion of STEM programs around the state.

DB Consulting Group

DB Consulting Group Inc. is a small, minority owned business providing innovative and cost effective solutions in support of government and commercial Information Technology and engineering as well as health and human services. Within the BAHEP community, DB leads the Information Technology and Multimedia Services (ITAMS) contract at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. For ITAMS, DB leverages its reachback to similar contracts and through its team members – MEI Technologies, Wyle, Booz Allen Hamilton, and JES Tech – provide outstanding products and services in four main areas: information technology, information management, multimedia services, and external relations/communications. The work is performed in Houston at JSC, Ellington Field, and Sonny Carter Training Facility and in New Mexico at the White Sands Test Facility. With all contract option years exercised, ITAMS is a five-year contract valued at $251.5 million.

GB Tech

Founded in 1986, GB Tech combines small business flexibility with strong corporate infrastructure to effectively perform technical services for government and commercial clients. We have been a key contributor on NASA projects in Logistics, IV&V, and Software/Systems Engineering. GB Tech performs risk assessment and mitigation of security and operational weaknesses in critical software and applications. We manage customers' IT infrastructure, including field support and managed services for commercial and institutional clients.

GeoControl Systems, Inc.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, GCS is recognized by the engineering and administrative support services it provides to NASA and its prime aerospace contractors. Incorporated in April 1984, the company is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Equally significant, the size of the company’s employee group ranks it nationally among the largest HUBZone firms with Engineering Services as the primary service offering.

Intuitive Machines leverages our human spaceflight pedigree in developing autonomous systems solutions that unlock extraordinary value for businesses. We invent hardware and software solutions for businesses that can benefit from varying degrees of autonomy in their systems, processes, and operations. IM develops commercial products and provides product development and engineering services to the oil & gas, commercial aerospace, and traditional aerospace industries. IM specializes in developing and applying advanced, multi-physics modeling and simulation tools, GN&C systems, cyber protection systems, and autonomous systems including drones.

J&P Technologies

J & P Technologies provides contract services for the development, assessment, and support of integrated flight systems, scientific computing, and complex control systems, specifically in the aerospace industry. Our highly trained professionals have extensive experience in developing, integrating, delivering, and sustaining major human-rated systems / projects, and have detailed knowledge of the complex development, delivery, and operation processes required for mission success.

Jacobs Technology Inc.

Jacobs Technology operates all facilities and equipment for the Engineering Directorate at the Johnson Space Center. It provides engineering, flight hardware and software development, design, manufacturing assembly, IT systems and services, safety and mission assurance, configuration management, and quality systems hard science research and development.

JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

JAXA’s Houston office, which covers the southern area of the United States, serves mainly as a liaison office with NASA’s Johnson Space Center. JSC manages manned space programs, for which JAXA’s Houston office offers an extensive range of assistance, including the training of astronauts, the development, operation, and utilization of the International Space Station, and further cooperation for the human space exploration program.

JES Tech

JES Tech specializes in delivering a broad range of professional, engineering, technical, and administrative support services to NASA and the federal government. JES Tech is a Woman-Owned Small Business, SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business and an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has partnered with NASA-JSC taking humans to the moon, flying the Space Shuttle and building/supporting operations of the International Space Station. Lockheed Martin is currently developing America’s next generation spacecraft – the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle – to open a new era of exploration to deep space with human missions beyond the moon and on to asteroids and ultimately Mars. Lockheed Martin fully leverages its extensive capabilities and experience in large-scale systems integration, planetary exploration, human space-flight systems and operations, human factors engineering, food systems development, launch vehicles, commercial satellites, autonomous flight systems, facility maintenance and operations, and control-center design, development and operations of NASA human space flight programs.

Logical Innovations, Inc.

Logical Innovations, Inc. is an SBA-certified 8(a)/ Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Economically Disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB) with experience supporting federal and commercial clients with their information technology, business, training, performance improvement, outreach, institutional and administrative needs. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Logical Innovations also has satellite offices across the country. Logical Innovations’ focus on employees and customers has earned it the title of one of "Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” and consistently high customer satisfaction ratings.

McCormick Stevenson Corporation

McCormick Stevenson engineers, develops and tests products and systems on behalf of clients in the aerospace, defense, and homeland security industries. Blending the talents of the McCormick Stevenson team with those of its customers and long-term partners ensures access to a broad set of engineering disciplines, while simultaneously delivering the depth of technical expertise necessary for success. The corporation's value proposition is simple: deliver exceptional engineering and design capability as a variable cost to its clients. McCormick Stevenson stands ready to serve at all times, but engages only when its talents are required. The result is a valuable combination of technical strength and affordability. The main office of McCormick Stevenson is located in Clearwater, Fla., and its regional office is at 13723 Queensbury Lane in Houston. For more information, call 734.846.9339.

The Houston office of MDA US Systems, LLC, provides real-time engineering support for all MDA robotic activities on ISS. MDA’s (formerly SPAR Aerospace’s) ISS robotics currently include the 58 foot-long 7-DOF Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), which performed the original ISS assembly, and the 15-DOF Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), which provides daily ISS maintenance and frees up astronaut time for more science work. MDA US Systems provides integration support and assists with anomaly resolution for any issues faced during the many complex first-time operations being performed in orbit. In addition, they have developed and continually update a simulation tool that models all of their robotic elements on ISS. This tool is used by customers for a variety of purposes, including engineering analysis, astronaut training, and training for JSC Mission Control Center staff.
The Houston office reports into Pasadena, CA, which itself is a part of SSL MDA Holdings based in San Francisco, CA. The entire SSL MDA enterprise employs over 4,700 people all across North America, with annual revenues of $2B.

MEI Technologies, Inc.

A nationwide technology company, MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT) offers innovative, best-value services and solutions in systems design and development, applied engineering, cyber, and research and development to public and private sector customers in the aerospace, defense, and biotechnology markets worldwide. Our expertise spans numerous areas: engineering services and solutions, cyber and C4ISR solutions, space access, test and evaluation, and modeling and simulation.

MRI Technologies

MRI is a successful NASA prime contractor with an award winning reputation for excellence. Founded in 1988, it is a woman-owned 8(a) small business specializing in engineering design and development, Web design and development, integration planning and configuration management, metric planning and analysis, project management information systems, program office support and computer based training. MRI uses a structured teamwork approach and continually invests in its team members' and the company’s future success through ongoing research, cross-training, and employee development programs.

Oceaneering Space Systems, Inc. (OSS)

OSS and Oceaneering Thermal Systems (OTS) are ISO 9001 certified divisions of Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII). OSS offers complete solutions for astronaut and robotic equipment, telescience and biotechnology products, thermal carriers, automated material processing, human life support technologies, space logistics services, and spacecraft assembly and repair.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company. It is a premier provider of autonomous systems on land, at sea, in the air, and in space. These unmanned aircraft, satellites and space systems, and advanced technologies are critical to our national security. Autonomous systems operate in areas and environments where manned vehicles cannot, allowing for prolonged missions, and helping reduce risk to human lives.


PAE operates the Mission Control Center’s power plant and provides operations and maintenance support services for facilities at NASA Johnson Space Center. Specifically, PAE provides facility repair and maintenance, utility operations, engineering, construction, energy management, and environmental, safety and quality support services throughout the Johnson complex, the Sonny Carter Training Facility and Ellington Field.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services has enjoyed a rich history of supporting NASA’s space flight training since 1962. IIS has developed each critical mission simulator for each NASA manned space program including Apollo, Skylab, Spacelab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. IIS designs and develops complex simulators that replicate real-world space vehicle performance.

The Rothe Companies

Rothe specializes in government facility and capacity commercialization, with specific capability to integrate external customers into the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), the Logistics and Mockup Facility (LMF), and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) on the NBL/SVMF Operations Contract (NSOC). Rothe also provides high-end information technology services to defense and intelligence operations.


SAIC’s Assurance Engineering Operation supports the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs; airborne remote sensors research and development; expendable launch vehicle operations; and advanced programs and projects, such as the second generation reusable launch vehicle, and Mars exploration. In addition to its government contracts, SAIC offers a wide range of assurance engineering services to commercial clients in the aerospace, semi-conductor equipment, medical device manufacturing, petrochemical, and offshore drilling technology sectors.

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SNC, is the top woman-owned federal contractor in the United States. SNC is a world-class prime systems integrator and electronic systems provider known for its rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions. Fast-growing and widely diversified, SNC is a high-tech electronics, engineering, and manufacturing corporation that continues to expand its impressive portfolio of capabilities, products and services. SNC has approximately 50 years of tradition in developing and providing high technology electronics, avionics, and communications systems and continues to acquire new capabilities in the areas of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations.

TASC has been working in the space domain since the 1960s. A pioneer in the use of space for national security, TASC is now a leading space systems engineering firm supporting national security, defense, and civilian space endeavors. At NASA we support the ISS, Orion, SLS, GSDO and Commercial Crew Human Space Flight Programs as well as science and planetary missions. Our broad space expertise and experience allow us to solve complex space system challenges leveraging diverse lessons learned and best practices from across the U.S. Space Enterprise. We deliver a full range of technical and scientific capabilities throughout the systems life cycle, including space enterprise architecture, systems engineering and integration, software development, independent verification and validation, and mission assurance.

Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.

Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. is a full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing company with operations in the United States and the United Kingdom and a local office in Houston. We provide engineering services, hardware design, engineered systems and manufactured products to the space, defense and energy markets. Teledyne Brown can support the entire life cycle development from full-spectrum systems engineering, integration, and manufacturing to sustainment and recapitalization. We provide high-quality technical services, manufactured products, and engineered systems to our customers in the marine, aviation, space, missile defense, energy, and environment markets and have extensive experience in missions operations and integration. Teledyne is Everywhereyoulook ™.

Universities Space Research Association

A non-profit, USRA provides a collaborative membership organization where universities, research organizations, the U.S. government and other entities may cooperate effectively with each other in the exploration of space. USRA operates institutes, centers, and programs including the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Division of Space Life Sciences, Education Programs Office, which includes the internship component of the NASA Interns, Fellowships and Scholarships program.

UTC Aerospace Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. As a major supplier to international space programs, we design, manufacture and service systems and components on platforms such as the International Space Station, Orion spacecraft, and Commercial Crew programs, providing water processing and Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, including the space suit.

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KBRwyle is a leading provider of specialized engineering, professional, scientific and technical services to the federal government. KBRwyle delivers an array of leading edge, custom solutions that drive mission success for customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and a variety of other federal agencies. KBRwyle’s areas of expertise include systems and sustainment engineering, program and acquisition management, life science research, space medical operations, information technology and test and evaluation of aircraft, weapon systems and networks.

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