Prominent Space Luminaries from DLR, ESA, NASA, and More Added to 2023 ASCEND Written 29 August 2023


ASCEND2023-795x350August 29, 2023 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) today announced several prominent space luminaries who have been added to the three-day program at 2023 ASCEND, 23–25 October, Caesars Forum, Las Vegas. ASCEND is the world’s premier outcomes-focused, interdisciplinary space event designed to accelerate building our off-world future.

These newly confirmed speakers cut across the international, civil, commercial, and national security space sectors, including:

  • Peter Gräf, Director for Applications & Science, DLR
  • John M. Grunsfeld, Endless Frontier Associates, LLC; former NASA Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, and former NASA astronaut
  • The Honorable Steven J. Isakowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Janet Kavandi, President and Chief Science Officer, Sierra Space
  • Col. Richard Kniseley, Senior Materiel Leader, Commercial Space Office Lead, U.S. Space Force
  • Sandra Magnus, Chief Engineer for the Traffic Coordination System for Space, Office of Space Commerce, Department of Commerce, and former NASA astronaut
  • Col. Pamela Melroy, USAF (Ret.), Deputy Administrator, NASA
  • Daniel Neuenschwander, Director for Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA
  • George T. Whitesides, Partner, Convective Capital, and former CEO, Virgin Galactic

Registration for the 2023 ASCEND event is open now. Journalists from around the world are invited to cover 2023 ASCEND; press passes are available for credentialed media by request.

Media Contact: Rebecca Gray,, 804-397-5270 cell

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