AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum to be Held in Pasadena California Written 10 August 2015

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AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum to be Held in Pasadena, California
Forum Will Explore Future of Space Exploration, Expansion of Commercial Space Efforts, Cybersecurity, and Human Settlement of Space

August 10, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its annual Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2015), August 31–September 2, at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California. AIAA SPACE 2015 is an international forum that will bring together leaders from government, industry and academia to discuss mission-critical topics that are timely and relevant to the aerospace community. The forum will examine the future of space exploration, expansion of commercial space activities, the human settlement of space, astronomy missions, cybersecurity, the International Space Station, and earth science and remote sensing.

“AIAA SPACE 2015 offers attendees three days of intense discussions about the continuing evolution and expansion of human and robotic activities in space,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. “From Mars exploration, to commercial space initiatives, to updates on the launch vehicles – both currently operational and in development, to the cybersecurity of space systems, the forum will examine a wide range of factors affecting space exploration. With its diverse audience and its mix of ideas and knowledge, AIAA SPACE 2015 will energize the continuing transformation of how humanity explores and understands space.”

AIAA SPACE 2015 offers attendees three discussion tracks, a far-reaching plenary program, a penetrating set of Forum 360 discussion panels, and more than 350 technical papers from 100 institutions across 21 countries.

AIAA SPACE 2015 will feature subject-matter expert speakers and industry thought leaders, including: Chuck Beames, president, Vulcan Aerospace; Daniel J. Collins, chief operating officer, United Launch Alliance; Louis D. Friedman, co-founder and executive director emeritus of The Planetary Society; Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters; Robert Lightfoot Jr., associate administrator, NASA; Clayton Mowry, president, Arianespace Inc.; Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, vice commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center; George C. Nield, associate administrator for commercial space transportation, FAA; Sami Saydjari, president, Cyber Defense Agency; Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX); and Wanda Sigur, vice president and general manager, civil space, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The executive sponsor for AIAA SPACE 2015 is Lockheed Martin. Additional sponsors are: AEM Inc., Bastion Technologies, Creane & Associates, Dunmore Corporation, Jacobs, SpaceX, Spectral Dynamics, and SSL. Aerospace America and Space News are the forum’s media sponsors.

For more information on AIAA SPACE 2015, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or Forum registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.


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