Ohio State to host science park for space research – The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State to host science park for space research – The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State University soon will be home to the first science park devoted to space research. 
Space technology company Voyager Space announced Monday it selected a proposal from OSU, the State of Ohio, JobsOhio and One Columbus to host the the terrestrial analog of the George Washington Carver Science Park
“We have only just begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities and opportunities that await us in the ‘final frontier,’ and our ability to maximize future exploration hinges on collaboration between scientists and industry experts,” Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson said in a statement. “Locating the terrestrial lab of the George Washington Carver Science Park at Ohio State will be the best possible way to facilitate this joint effort and ensure we are sharing resources, research and knowledge across multiple disciplines.”
Voyager and its operating company, Nanoracks, won a $160 million Space Act Agreement from NASA in December to design Starlab, the companies’ future commercial space station. The George Washington Carver Science Park, named for the American scientist and inventor, “forms the core of Starlab,” according to the company.
The first-ever science park in space currently operates on the International Space Station. 
The laboratory at OSU will be a replica of the Starlab space station science park and will allow researchers to test missions. The Starlab spacecraft will launch in 2027 from Florida, said John Horack, the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy at Ohio State.
“It’s a really high fidelity rehearsal hall,” Horack said about the Ohio State replica laboratory.
The research done at the terrestrial lab at Ohio State also will benefit agriculture and include research to preserve Ohio’s water quality, improve crop genetics and production efficiency, and enhance animal health for Ohio’s agricultural community.
“This landmark partnership at the intersection of aerospace and agriculture is extraordinary,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement. “Together, we will accelerate transformational aerospace technologies as Ohio continues to lead this nation into the Aerospace Age of the 21st Century.”
The two-step process will get started this year with a facility at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Voyager is expected to start building a standalone facility on the Ohio State Aerospace and Air Transportation Campus at the Ohio State University Airport in mid- to late 2023, Horack said. The facility at Ohio State will take two years to build.
When asked how much it will cost to build the new facility, a Voyager spokesperson said in an email: “Voyager is not discussing numbers at this time.”
The terrestrial lab will entice students who want to work in space to stay in Ohio, Horack said.
“This increases the probability (that) a young man or young woman who wants to work in space can do it and live in a place that they’re comfortable and call home their whole life,” he said. “Being able to keep these people in Ohio and in the Midwest is really, really important for us.”
The whole state will benefit from the terrestrial lab, according to a statement from Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space. 
“Company researchers, operators, visionaries, and space change makers in Ohio will have the ability to influence and inspire organizations pursuing aerospace research and development, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Team Ohio on this exciting project,” he said. 
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