The mission of NSBE Space is to stimulate the active participation of the community, with focus on the Black community, both within and beyond the engineering profession, in space-related activity.



Join Us

The Space SIG is an all-volunteer professional network of NSBE Professionals who are employed within the nation’s space industry or have an interest in the US space program. We are an active technical society and our members each on one of our technical project teams, conference planning teams, or outreach project teams. Exciting opportunities are available for both scientific and engineering professionals as well as for professionals in non-technical disciplines such as management, public relations, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, education, youth development, and more. Each member, regardless of position, is asked to volunteer 2-5 hours per week in support of their chosen Space SIG role.

NSBE invites you to be part of the exciting space research conducted by the Space SIG. Through these projects, NSBE serves as an enabling platform. We offer a means to be involved in “cool”, interesting, and scientifically relevant research. Participation also enables you to work alongside other Black space professionals in a context that builds mutual understanding of each others’ technical proficiencies. Our technical projects include long range pressurized rover design, space telescope interferometry, spaceport feasibility studies, wireless energy transfer, space architecture, and space analog missions. The Space SIG also aids in career development by building our members’ professional reputations through conference publications, hardware and software demonstrations, and other engineering analysis or hardware development.


General Body Meetings

2nd Mondays, 8pm Central Time

Dial in number: 641-715-3580

Code: 901405#

URL for Screen Sharing: http://join.freeconferencecall.com/spacedirector


Technical Papers


About the Space SIG Director

Dr. Howard leads the Habitability Design Center at NASA Johnson Space Center, where he leads a team of engineers, architects, and interior designers to conduct human-centered spacecraft design in support of conceptual and operational NASA spacecraft.

Dr. Howard has been a member of NSBE since 1990 and has served in numerous capacities at the chapter, regional, national, and SIG levels. He is the founder of the Space SIG, Aerospace Systems Conference, Space Technology Session, Space Leadership Conference, Strategic Planning and Research Conference, and the Houston Space Professionals Chapter. He has also served as Region 5-AE Conference Manager, National Alumni Programs Chair, National Alumni Technical Excellence Chair, and NSBE Alumni Summit Chair.

Dr. Howard has authored or co-authored over 50 technical and white papers, with more than 15 related to Space SIG technical project research. For more information about the Space SIG, please contact

Dr. Robert Howard
spacedirector@nsbe.org