Spacesuit Company Will Soon Call Midland Home 1/27/14
CBS 7 News
January 27, 2014
A spacesuit manufacturer will soon call Midland home.
The arrival of XCOR Aerospace has been long awaited and now, Midland International Airport will also house Orbital Outfitters.
Orbital Outfitters makes spacesuits for the commercial space flight industry and companies like XCOR.
The Midland Development Corporation will own the facility as well as the altitude chambers which will be used for research and development.
"Not only will the space industry be using those [altitude chambers] but I think there will be some applications for the oil and gas industry and for many of our higher learning institutions," says MDC Executive Director Pamela Welch.
The MDCís contract with Orbital Outfitters will allow for UTPB to use the altitude chambers for research and five percent of the annual gross income from the chambers will go back the MDC.
The MDC hopes to have the facility done by the end of the year.