Rice Space Institute participates in French Space Days in Houston

Reception for French Space Days in Houston

On April 12-14, the Rice Space Institute participated in French Space Days, a space business tour with a delegation of private French companies and startups in Houston. The goals of the visit were for the companies to learn about the Houston space ecosystem and to establish links and possible collaborations with stakeholders.

The visit was organized by Business France, the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy; the French space agency CNES, in partnership with the French embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Consul General of France in Houston; and the Rice Space Institute. It included events at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Ion, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and the Greater Houston Partnership and conversations with companies at the Houston Spaceport.

“Hosting this visit at Rice University demonstrates the importance of industry-academia partnerships to the main stakeholders from both Houston and France,” said Hugues Mbezal Bogam, a new space international technical expert and a visiting scholar at the RSI.

More information on the Rice Space Institute is available here: https://rsi.rice.edu.

Opening night reception for French Space Days
French Space Days reception held April 12 at the residence of the Consul General of France in Houston. Photo by Amy McCaig. 

French Space Days reception in Houston.
From left: Hugues Mbezal Bogam, visiting scholar at the RSI and Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Photo by Amy McCaig. 

French Space Days reception in Houston.
David Alexander, director of RSI and retired astronaut Jean-Loup Chretien