Press Passes Available for 2020 ASCEND Written 12 November 2020


Register now to have access on Monday, 16 November

November 12, 2020 – Reston, Va. – ASCEND is the first international space event specifically focused on how to expand the $4 billion space economy to an anticipated $1.5 trillion in the next two decades. ASCEND will bring together top scientists, engineers, economists, medical professionals, educators, legal professionals, artists, investors, and entrepreneurs to discuss the most important challenges and complex issues facing thousands of space professionals.

There will be a dedicated Media Lounge for registered media to access industry press releases and other digital resources.

Sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for registered media.

WHAT: The space ecosystem event, ASCEND, powered by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Notable speakers include:

  • James Bridenstine, NASA Administrator
  • Kari Byron, Producer and Television Personality
  • John W. “Jay” Raymond, First Chief of Space Ops & Commander, U.S. Space Force
  • Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Dhani Jones, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, NFL Linebacker, Author and Host
  • Sandra Magnus, Deputy Director, Engineering, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering; Former NASA Astronaut
  • Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut and Former U.S. Senator
  • Kathryn Lueders, Assoc. Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA
  • Marillyn A. Hewson, executive chairman, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director, National Air & Space Museum
  • Andy Weir, Author, The Martian and Artemis
  • Steve Jurvetson, Venture Capitalist and Co-Founder of Future Ventures
  • Carissa Bryce Christensen, Founder and CEO, Bryce Space and Technology
  • Heather Doty, President, Society of Women Engineers

WHEN: Monday–Wednesday, 16-18 November 2020; programming begins at 9 a.m. EST

REGISTER: AIAA has reserved a limited quantity of passes for credentialed members of the media whose primary responsibility is the coverage of the space, science and high-tech industries. Request a press pass now for this online event at ascend.eventsQuestions? Contact Rebecca Gray at 804-397-5270 or

Media contact: Rebecca B. Gray,, 804.397.5270

ASCEND stands for Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration and New Discovery and is designed to bring together technical and business leaders to solve problems that affect the entire planet and beyond. Powered by AIAA, the ASCENDxSeries has started conversations that will continue at the three-day event on 16–18 November 2020. For more information, please visit, or follow ASCEND on TwitterFacebook or LinkedIn.

About AIAA
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 91 countries, and 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow AIAA on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn.