The State of Louisiana has signed an agreement with NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility that could lead to the creation of a Louisiana Space Campus, a dedicated 50-acre business park within NASA’s 829-acre site in New Orleans, reports KSLA.
The space campus would target commercial office development, with contemporary amenities, for existing Michoud tenants and new prospects from the public and private sector to support Michoud Assembly Facility and other industry in New Orleans East. NASA and Louisiana Economic Development signed a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, to mutually explore development of the space campus to its highest and best use.
Development of the Louisiana Space Campus would mirror the Water Campus located between downtown Baton Rouge and LSU’s main campus. The 35-acre Water Campus has attracted more than $100 million in public and private investment during its first phase, with long-range plans projecting a potential 4,000 scientists, engineers, researchers and support personnel connected to the campus.
NASA would have the ability to evaluate potential tenants, ensuring that there are no security or environmental concerns for the broader MAF site. See the story for more.