Although Nebraska lost out to Alabama on becoming the preferred site of the U.S. Space Command headquarters, state and university officials said they will continue efforts to locate the combatant command here.
The U.S. Air Force named Huntsville, Alabama, home to the Army's Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, as the preferred site for the new headquarters.
Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, home to the U.S. Strategic Command, was designated a reasonable alternative.
Gov. Pete Ricketts on Wednesday said Nebraska "will continue to make the case" to the incoming Biden administration for bringing Space Command to the Cornhusker State.
NU is also continuing with its plans to create a "Higher Education Space Research and Workforce Alliance," a partnership with three other Midwest universities to develop degree programs supporting a path to employment at the command, provide research and assist in technology development.
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NU President Ted Carter announced the partnership with leaders of Purdue University, Kansas State University and the North Dakota University System last month.
He said the team made "a powerful case for the Heartland" as the right home for Space Command.
"Nebraska is uniquely positioned to be an academic partner to Space Command, and we are moving full speed ahead on our alliance and other opportunities for collaboration," Carter said.
University/state reporter Chris Dunker's memorable stories from 2019
Chris Dunker's most memorable: District split by flood adapts
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Chris Dunker's most memorable: Nebraska subsidies total $694M
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Chris Dunker's most memorable: Tornado flattens Dairy Sweet
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Chris Dunker's most memorable: Robots in the cornfield
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Chris Dunker's most memorable: Right out of a spy movie
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