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Ohio State partners with space company on first-ever space research science park

The Ohio State University will serve as the lead partner for the first-ever science park devoted to space research in a deal with space exploration company Voyager Space. Additional partners include the State of Ohio, JobsOhio, and One Columbus. The science park will be an earth-bound analogue fo the George Washington Carver Science Park (GWCSP), operating as part of Voyager’s Starlab on the International Space Station. It allows researchers to test missions and conduct parallel experiments on the ground.

“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,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. “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.”

The research conducted at the GWCSP terrestrial lab will bring benefits on this planet, with research focused on preserving water quality, improving crop genetics and production efficiency, and enhance animal health.

“The George Washington Carver Science Park is a wonderful example of the powerful synergies that Ohio offers to commercial space ventures,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “This landmark partnership at the intersection of aerospace and agriculture is extraordinary. Together, we will accelerate transformational aerospace technologies as Ohio continues to lead this nation into the Aerospace Age of the 21st Century.”

“Ohio is the birthplace of aviation and has a deep-rooted history in aerospace and defense innovation,” noted Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space. “It’s clear that Ohio offers the most beneficial location for a terrestrial facility to support the long-term success and utilization of George Washington Carver Science Park. 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.”

The partnership “will launch one of the most creative public-private partnerships in one of the most sought-after space destinations on this planet,” said John Horack, Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy at Ohio State. “We know this facility will transform into a broader commercial space research magnet that serves as the primary North American site for the George Washington Carver Science Park.”

Source: Ohio State News

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