AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition 2016 To Be Held in Long Beach, California Written 6 September 2016

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AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition 2016
to be Held in Long Beach, California

Visions for Future Space Use, Free Market Space Economy, Mars Exploration,
On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Among Agenda Items

September 6, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2016), September 13–16 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California.

“AIAA SPACE 2016 provides a place for attendees from academia, government and industry, both domestic and international, to gather and discuss current topics, technologies, and policies relevant to space activities ranging from the ongoing expansion of private enterprise in low Earth orbit to plans for pushing further outward to explore our solar system,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. “With representation at SPACE 2016 from communities involved in human and robotic exploration, scientific advancement, and those creating commercial ventures and markets, attendees will find a dynamic and vibrant environment for the sharing of ideas and identification of common issues, all with the goal of continuing to move our industry forward.”

Featuring 18 discussion tracks and over 400 technical presentations AIAA SPACE 2016 is an international forum that will bring together leading minds the aerospace community to provide actionable insights into the critical challenges that confront the use and exploration of space. The forum will kick off at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, September 13, with a discussion of three distinct visions for space with Charles F. Bolden Jr., administrator, NASA; Winston A. Beauchamp, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space and Steve Jurvetson, managing director, DFJ. Additional plenary topics for the event include: "Technologies for the New LEO Economy," and "Next Stop Mars.

AIAA SPACE 2016's Forum 360 panel discussions will include: “Limiting or Unlimited: Envisioning a Free Market Space Economy,” “Current Launch Vehicle Update,” “Icy Moons and Ocean Worlds,” “Earth Observations – Space & The Paris Agreement,” “On-Orbit Satellite Servicing,” “Commercial Crew Update,” “Thriving Within Complexity,” “Technologies for the New LEO Economy,” “Space Traffic Management,” and “Global Perspectives.

Speakers for the event include: Maj. Gen. James B. Armor Jr., U.S. Air Force (retired) and staff vice president, Washington Operations, Orbital ATK; James Crawford, founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Orbital Insight Inc.; John Elbon, vice president & general manager, Boeing Space Exploration; Pascale Ehrenfreund, chair, executive board, DLR; William H. Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, human exploration and operations, NASA; Michael Griffin, CEO, Schafer Corporation; George C. Nield, associate administrator, commercial space transportation, Federal Aviation Administration; Rick Nybakken, Juno Project Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; Abhishek Tripathi, director, certification, SpaceX; and Julie Van Kleeck, vice president, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit, Aerojet Rocketdyne.

For more information on AIAA SPACE 2016, please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or