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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Why Attend?

    Why Attend?

    The AIAA SPACE Conference & Exposition is AIAA’s premier event on space technology, policy, programs, management, and education. At this three-day event, attendees can expect lively discussions with government and industry leadership in plenary panel and keynote sessions; interactive exhibits, demonstrations, presentations, and poster sessions in the exposition hall; and networking activities for all participants, including students and young professionals.


    • Find out what lies ahead, as leaders in space exploration, spacecraft systems and design, space science, commercial space, and more discuss their programs, challenges, and solutions during plenary and panel sessions.
    • Expand your knowledge, as expert engineers and scientists share their latest research and development findings in technical paper and e-poster sessions.
    • Meet and greet your current and future colleagues, business partners, and employers, and learn about the newest groundbreaking technologies in the exposition hall.

    Confirmed Speakers

    James F. Albaugh

    Bernie Collins
    Office of the Director of National Intelligence/AT&F

    Frank Culbertson
    Orbital Sciences Corporation

    John Elbon
    The Boeing Company

    Michael Gazarik
    NASA Headquarters

    William H. Gerstenmaier
    NASA Headquarters

    John M. Grunsfeld
    NASA Headquarters

    Lt Gen Michael A. Hamel USAF (Ret)
    Orbital Sciences Corporation

    Adam Harris
    Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

    Lt Gen Larry D. James USAF (Ret)
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Roger A. Krone
    The Boeing Company

    Chris Lewicki
    Planetary Resources, Inc.
    Maj Gen Neil McCasland
    Air Force Research Laboratory

    Pamela Melroy

    Brian Muirhead
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Bruce Pittman
    NASA Ames Research Center

    James Reuther
    NASA Headquarters

    Bob Richards
    Moon Express Inc.

    Christopher J. Scolese
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Lt Gen Tom Sheridan USAF (Ret)
    The SI Organization, Inc.

    Lt Gen Eugene L. Tattini, USAF (Ret)
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Mark Valerio
    Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Kenneth Washington
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems

    Who Should Attend?

    • Industry executives
    • Government officials
    • Program managers
    • Business developers 
    • Engineers, scientists, and researchers
    • Professors, educators, and students
    • Consultants
    • Press/media

    What to Expect?

    Insight into the latest and future technologies and developments in:

    • Commercial Space
    • Intelligent Systems
    • Nanosats and Smallsats
    • National Security Space
    • Robotic Technology and Space Architecture
    • Space and Earth Science
    • Space Colonization and Space Tethers
    • Space Exploration
    • Space History, Society, and Policy
    • Space Logistics and Supportability
    • Space Operations
    • Space Resources
    • Space Systems and Sensors
    • Space Systems Engineering and Space Economics
    • Space Transportation and Launch Systems 

    Networking and partnership-building with your industry peers during:

    • Opening Reception
    • Poster Sessions
    • Networking Coffee Breaks
    • Networking Luncheons
    • Young Professional Networking Reception