Ellington Airport, just minutes north of Galveston County, is home to the country’s 10th spaceport, which officials say will eventually be a takeoff site for space vehicles, allow for commercial supersonic air travel that could take flyers to Asia or Europe in a couple of hours, and bring in thousands of spaceport-based jobs.

According to Dave Martin, Houston City Council member, “The first part of the spaceport alone is expected to produce 2,400 direct jobs and an additional 3,500 indirect jobs, resulting in over $830 million in economic output into the local and regional economies.”

The spaceport, the only FAA licensed spaceport in the United States inside a major metropolitan area, is poised to take Houston and Galveston county to new heights.