NASA administrator visits local aerospace company

Posted at 9:41 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 21:41:56-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington aerospace company got a special visitor on Thursday.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine dropped by Space Tango, an aerospace company, to get a close look at the company's work and growth.

"They're doing absolutely astonishing work," Bridenstine said of Space Tango. "Not just on behalf of NASA but the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and now even private companies are coming to Space Tango to utilize their services."

Space Tango designs and builds systems that facilitate microgravity research that can benefit life on Earth. It is one of few companies that has it's own lab on the International Space Station.

"They're going to transform how we live here on Earth," Bridenstine said of Space Tango. "We're talking about the ability to do things like do regenerative tissue developments. These are things that NASA has a huge interest in proving on the International Space Station and eventually on commercial space stations."

As space commercializes, Space Tango co-founder and CEO Twyman Clements says these interactions will be even more essential.

"What we really talked about is the future, some of the bigger customers that we've recently, some of the products we're working on as well as where we're going," Clements said.

As the aerospace industry grows not just in Lexington but across Kentucky, Bridenstine says he is eager to see what the state can offer.