About The Space Symposium

Connect, Engage and Prosper at the 35th Space Symposium

The Space Symposium, held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. Attendees at that original event numbered barely 250 space enthusiasts. In recent years, the Space Foundation team has welcomed more than 9,000 people from around the world, including speakers, attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, educators and students. The Space Symposium has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program forum and as the “must attend” opportunity for information on and interaction among all sectors of space.

Called the National Space Symposium for the first 29 years, the event was renamed in 2014 to Space Symposium to reflect the event’s truly global profile.

Exclusive Networking

The caliber of participants, the extraordinary venue and the structure of the agenda create the perfect environment for making contacts and getting business done. Our customers tell us their number one reason for attending the Space Symposium is the opportunity to network, meet with customers and make things happen – all in one place at one time.

Space Symposium

Influential Participants

Secretary of the Air ForceSpace Symposium attendees consistently represent all sectors of the space community from multiple spacefaring nations: space agencies; commercial space businesses and associated subcontractors; military, national security and intelligence organizations; cyber security organizations; federal and state government agencies and organizations; research and development facilities; think tanks; educational institutions; space entrepreneurs and private space travel providers; businesses engaged in adapting, manufacturing or selling space technologies for commercial use; and media that inspire and educate the general public about space.

Bringing all of these groups together in one place provides a unique opportunity to examine space issues from multiple perspectives, to promote dialog and to focus attention to critical space issues.

Prominent Speakers

General HytenOver the years, the Space Symposium has been the stage from which many notable space leaders have addressed the world. Prominent speakers have included the vice president of the United States, cabinet officials, such as the secretaries of commerce, transportation and defense, secretaries of the Air Force, directors of the National Reconnaissance Office, commanders of United States Strategic Command, United States Northern Command and Air Force Space Command, NASA, NOAA and FAA administrators, heads of global space agencies, members of Congress and senior industry executives, as well as a host of national and state officials, astronauts and private space travelers.

Exhibit Center

The Space Symposium’s expansive exhibit center features two major halls, configured to provide extraordinary access and exposure for each of the nearly 200 exhibitors. The mind-boggling exhibits cover a broad range of the latest in space innovation, ranging from nanotechnology to full-scale spacecraft.

Exhibit Center
Exhibit Center

Prestigious Awards

Each year, the Space Foundation presents a number of prestigious awards during the Space Symposium to mark the phenomenal space-related achievements of both individuals and organizations. Visit our awards page for details.

Awe-Inspiring Venue

Featuring breathtaking mountain views, impeccable service and extraordinary ambiance, The Broadmoor, a five-star, world-renowned resort in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been the home of the Space Symposium since hosting the first event in 1984.

Stunning Venue

Forward-Thinking Conference

A future-oriented agenda, lively and productive networking discussions, global representation, exhibits showcasing the latest in space technology – these components create an exhilarating, dynamic and forward-thinking environment.

Year after year, the Space Symposium keeps up its reputation as the “must attend” space industry event. Come see what everyone’s talking about. It’s where your customers are!

About The Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth.

Visit both of our websites – SpaceFoundation.org and DiscoverSpace.org – and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube.

Space Foundation Headquarters

Strategic Plan

The Space Foundation strategic plan is based on three pillars, each focusing on our core strengths and capabilities.Our commitment to excellence includes placing great importance on the continued support and development of our team. We invite you to join us in our endeavors.


The world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.


Be the preeminent resource for space education, a trusted source of space information, and a provider of exceptional forums for the exchange of ideas.


We will foster meaningful educational programs for science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and humanities related to the exploration, development, utilization, and settlement of space. We will help to develop a workforce with critical thinking skills and to cultivate a populace that understands and supports a robust space program. We will provide pre-school to graduate level space education programs that prepare young people and educators for the scientific challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. We will increase the public use of our Space Foundation Discovery Center where we provide engaging, interactive exhibits that tell the story of space and its importance to everyday life. We will expand our strong philanthropic development program to support education and other space-related initiatives.

Space Awareness

We will build awareness for the value of space endeavors. Our space awareness responsibility extends to the general population and to women and men of influence including government officials and their staffs, media professionals, teachers and other academics, investors, and business leaders. Through Space Foundation educational programs, publications, and industry events, we will bring accurate, substantive information to the people and organizations that have entrepreneurial, financial, political, and other material influence on the accomplishment of space goals. We will use our convening power to bring together diverse communities, thereby providing forums for robust discussion and new ideas. We will build demand for The Space Report, white papers, web postings, and other products to enhance the reputation of the Space Foundation as a preeminent resource of space industry expertise and information. We will nurture media relationships worldwide, and continue to expand formal, informal, and social media outreach. We will recognize space pioneers, discoveries, technologies, educators, and entrepreneurs to elevate public awareness of space achievements and their contributions to the world.

Service to the Space Community

The Space Foundation will offer a robust membership program. We will widen our spheres of community influence and provide members with useful information and important contacts to improve their productivity, profitability, and value. Corporate membership will include companies of all sizes throughout the world, from all sectors of the space industry. We will create and conduct high quality events and activities that leverage the Space Foundation’s reputation as the leading proponent for the entire space community. We will integrate young professionals into our events and programs. We will collaborate with other space-related organizations to advance global space interests. We will work with national and international entities in the development and implementation of space policies that serve the industry and the public.

World Class International Organization

We are committed to excellence in all we do. We will maintain a foundation recognized as one of the best non-profit organizations to work for. We are committed to our employees’ professional development. We will ensure employees have the tools, training, and motivation to accomplish their jobs. We will promote and recruit the best-qualified people. We will develop a dedicated cadre of volunteers who support our vision, mission, and programs. We will encourage a diverse workplace. We will provide a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, and conscious of family and community interests.

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