The Louisiana Space Grant Consortium (LaSPACE) is a statewide consortium of academic institutions and other organizations that was established in 1991 under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, a national network managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that includes all 50 states along with the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. LaSPACE is a consortium of institutions of higher education, state education boards, and non-profit organizations that coordinate statewide programs to strengthen aerospace research, education, and public outreach throughout the State of Louisiana.
The fundamental premise underlying our programming is involvement in research at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and faculty) that aligns with NASA research priorities and mission goals, and then leveraging that infrastructure to increase NASA-relevant science literacy around the state. Building transdisciplinary teams that perform research and provide educational opportunities is the key to developing the 21st century workforce desired by both NASA and the State of Louisiana.
In alignment with NASA priorities and directed by LaSPACE, Louisiana will play a significant role in the Nation’s advances in Aerospace technology, Solar System exploration, and Space Sciences to the benefit of humanity.
To enhance Aerospace technology, Solar System exploration, and Space Science research, education, and public awareness throughout the state of Louisiana thereby promoting technical workforce development, state economic growth, and a scientifically literate citizenry.