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April 16 - 19, 2018 · Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

Agenda (Expanded)

Agenda and speakers are subject to change. View onsite check-in hours and locations here.
Agenda last updated: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 2:45 pm MST.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Space Generation Fusion Forum 2018
Affiliated Event
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Cheyenne Lodge

The Space Generation Fusion Forum is a two-day, high-intensity, fast-paced professional development and networking event focused on the international and US space industry. Delegates are students and young professionals from around the world and various facets of the space sector including science, engineering, law/policy, business/commerce, medicine, media, military, and government. 

5:30 p.m. to
9:00 p.m.
Space Foundation Yuri's Night
Affiliated Event
Separate Reg. or Purchase

Celebrate the past, ensure the future!  Prepare the STEM innovators of tomorrow while celebrating two epic pioneering events in history– man’s first journey into space and the first Space Shuttle flight.  Party with a purpose all evening long with proceeds supporting Space Foundation’s hands-on and immersive STEM education programs.  Yuri’s Night ticket purchases can be added to your Symposium registration.  Visit www.goyurisnight.com for more information.

Monday, April 16, 2018
8:00 a.m. to
11:30 a.m.
Space Generation Fusion Forum 2018
Affiliated Event
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Cheyenne Lodge

The Space Generation Fusion Forum is a two-day, high-intensity, fast-paced professional development and networking event focused on the international and US space industry. Delegates are students and young professionals from around the world and various facets of the space sector including science, engineering, law/policy, business/commerce, medicine, media, military, and government. 

8:30 a.m. to
5:10 p.m.
Tech Track
Tech Track
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Colorado Hall

Tech Track sessions offer registrants an opportunity to hear from some of the government and industry leaders in space technology development and to learn about recent advances from presenters in a series of 20-minute tech talks.

The detailed event schedule is coming soon.

9:00 a.m. to
4:45 p.m.
Cyber 1.8 Classified
Cyber 1.8 Classified
Separate Reg. or Purchase

U.S. citizenship and TS/SCI security clearance are required. Registration and clearance instructions for participants will be provided separately.*

Contact us if you have additional questions.

*Clearance Verification Disclaimer: In order to attend Cyber 1.8 Classified, your TS/SCI clearance must be received and verified no later than March 24, 2018. If you have registered and this condition is not met, you will be responsible for a $50 additional service charge. No exceptions.

The detailed event schedule is coming soon.

9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m.
Teacher Liaison Workshop
Educators and Students
Separate Reg. or Purchase

During the Space Symposium Teacher Liaison workshop, Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons receive space-themed, hands-on training that they can take back to their classrooms to better engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

12:30 p.m. to
1:45 p.m.
New Generation Space Leaders: Mission Overview and Welcome Luncheon
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)
Co-sponsor:
2:15 p.m. to
4:00 p.m.
New Generation Space Leaders: Speed Mentoring
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)
4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.
New Generation Space Leaders: Networking Reception with Mentors
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
Pre-Ceremony Space Foundation Reception
By Invitation Only
Co-sponsor:
6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
Symposium Program
Co-sponsor:
7:30 p.m. to
9:00 p.m.
Grand Opening of the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center and Pavilion
Symposium Program
Co-sponsor:
8:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m.
Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award Reception
By Invitation Only
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7:15 a.m. to
8:30 a.m.
Government Affairs Breakfast
By Invitation Only
8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Master Moderator: Mr. Masseh Tahiry
Symposium Program
Master Moderator:

Masseh Tahiry

Risk Strategist
Toffler Associates
8:45 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.
Congressional Roundtable
Symposium Program
10:00 a.m. to
10:15 a.m.
Mid-morning Coffee Break
Symposium Program
10:15 a.m. to
10:45 p.m.
Featured Speaker: TBA
Symposium Program
10:45 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Army Space
Symposium Program
12:15 p.m. to
1:45 p.m.
The Space Warfighters Luncheon
Symposium Program
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Colorado Hall
Featured Speaker:

TBA

Participant(s)
To Be Announced
Co-sponsor:
2:00 p.m. to
2:25 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Symposium Program
Featured Speaker:

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
European Commission
2:30 p.m. to
3:30 p.m.
TBA
Symposium Program
3:30 p.m. to
3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Symposium Program
3:45 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.
TBA
Symposium Program
5:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m.
Corporate Partnership Cocktail Reception
Symposium Program
5:00 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
Teacher Liaison Tours
Educators and Students
Separate Reg. or Purchase
5:15 p.m. to
7:00 p.m.
Corporate Member Reception
By Invitation Only
7:00 p.m. to
9:00 p.m.
New Generation Space Leaders
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)

For young space professionals age 35 and under, the Space Foundation will help participants gain visibility and exposure to senior leaders while getting advice and insight on career development (no extra cost, but Symposium registration is required). *ONLY space professionals age 35 and younger who have registered for the Symposium may attend New Generation Space Leaders Program events.

7:30 p.m. to
9:00 p.m.
Corporate Partnership Dinner
Symposium Program
Separate Reg. or Purchase

At the Corporate Partnership Dinner, we salute all the companies that support the Space Foundation throughout the year.  Their donations, in-kind contributions, and voluntary efforts are essential to the success of the Space Foundation’s programs.  The financial backing and on-going participation by corporate members in Space Foundation programs have helped us grow into the leading organization we are today.
 
Corporate membership is an investment in the future of our industry, the returns are endless.

Learn more about Corporate Membership (external link).

Featured Speaker:

The Honorable Heather Wilson

Secretary
U.S. Air Force
Co-sponsor:
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:15 a.m. to
8:30 a.m.
Satellite Forum Breakfast
By Invitation Only
Featured Speaker:

Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF

Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8:45 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.
Panel: The ESA Story
Symposium Program
Moderator:

Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Director General
European Space Agency
Panelists:

Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund

Chair of the Executive Board
German Aerospace Center

Sylvain Laporte

President
Canadian Space Agency

Jean Yves Le Gall

President
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales
9:00 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
New Generation Space Leaders: Networking Brunch and Coffee Talk
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)
Co-sponsor:
9:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.
Space Classified
Space Classified
Separate Reg. or Purchase

Space Classified 2018, scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 is a separate forum for approved government and industry participants with U.S. citizenship and TS/SCI security clearance.

Read more here.

The detailed event schedule is coming soon.

9:30 a.m. to
10:00 a.m.
Featured Speaker: TBA
Symposium Program
10:00 a.m. to
10:15 a.m.
Mid-morning Coffee Break
Symposium Program
10:15 a.m. to
10:40 a.m.
Featured Speaker: Michael Suffredini
Symposium Program
Featured Speaker:

Michael T. Suffredini

CEO and President
Axiom Space
10:40 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.
Featured Speaker: TBA
Symposium Program
11:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
Panel: NASA ITech: Innovation for Exploration
Symposium Program
Moderator:

Kira Blackwell

Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist
NASA: Headquarters
12:15 p.m. to
1:45 p.m.
General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award Luncheon
Symposium Program
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Colorado Hall

 The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation. It is presented annually at the Space Symposium at a special luncheon.

View additional event information here.

 

Co-sponsor:
2:00 p.m. to
2:55 p.m.
Panel: The Economics of Deep Space
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Moderator:

Dylan Taylor

Founding Partner
Space Angels
Panelists:

Laetitia Garriott

Partner
Global Space Ventures

Joe Landon

CFO
Planetary Resources

Rick Tumlinson

Chairman of the Board
Deep Space Industries
2:00 p.m. to
2:55 p.m.
Space in the Indo-Pacific
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
2:45 p.m. to
4:15 p.m.
US-German Aerospace Roundtable (UGART)
By Invitation Only
2:50 p.m. to
3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Symposium Program
3:00 p.m. to
3:50 p.m.
Country In Focus: TBA
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
3:00 p.m. to
3:50 p.m.
Panel: Return to the Moon-The View of the International Legal Community
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Moderator:

Prof. Dr Kai-Uwe Schrogl

President - International Institute of Space Law
Chief Strategy Officer – European Space Agency
Panelists:

Dr. Marco Ferrazzani

Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services Department
European Space Agency

Elina Morozova

Head of International Legal Service
Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications

Zhenjun Zhang

Secretary General/Research Fellow
China Institute of Space Law
3:50 p.m. to
4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break
Symposium Program
4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Country In Focus: Space in Luxembourg
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Panel: First Time at the Symposium
Symposium Program
Concurrent Session
Moderator:

Christian Davenport

Staff Writer, covering the defense and space industries for the financial desk
The Washington Post
5:30 p.m. to
7:00 p.m.
Space Tech Social
By Invitation Only

Invitees and Space Technology inductees and Partners Only.  Attendance at the Space Tech Social is by invitation only.  We will recognize and honor past Space Technology Hall of Fame inducted organizations who have partnered with the Space Foundation through the Space Certification Program. For additional information, please contact [email protected].

6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Swigert Society Reception
By Invitation Only

Invitees and Current Swigert Society Members Only. Attendance at the Swigert Society Reception is by invitation only. For additional information about the Swigert Society or to request an invitation, please contact [email protected] no later than March 24, 2017.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Master Moderator: Mr. Jacob Hacker
Symposium Program
Master Moderator:

Jacob Hacker

Senior Management Consultant
KPMG Australia
8:45 a.m. to
9:45 a.m.
Panel: STRATCOM Today
Symposium Program
9:45 a.m. to
10:15 a.m.
Panel: Heads of Agency-Developing Space Nations
Symposium Program
Moderator:

Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D.

General Director
Mexican Space Agency
Panelists:

Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D.

Director General
United Arab Emirates Space Agency
10:00 a.m. to
11:30 a.m.
New Generation Space Leaders Panel: Propelling the New Generation Workforce
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)

For young space professionals age 35 and under, the Space Foundation will help participants gain visibility and exposure to senior leaders while getting advice and insight on career development (no extra cost, but Symposium registration is required). *ONLY space professionals age 35 and younger who have registered for the Symposium may attend New Generation Space Leaders Program events.

10:15 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
Mid-morning Coffee
Symposium Program
11:30 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
Panel: James Webb Telescope, the Latest on Tomorrow's Observatory
Symposium Program
Moderator:

Sarah Cruddas

Space Journalist and Science Broadcaster
12:15 p.m. to
1:45 p.m.
Women's Global Gathering Luncheon
Symposium Program
Separate Reg. or Purchase
Location: Colorado Hall

The Women's Global Gathering will include a luncheon, followed by a diverse panel of senior leaders who will share their insights into the important role of women in the exploration of space.

Co-sponsor:
2:00 p.m. to
2:20 p.m.
Report of the 7th Space Generation Fusion Forum
Symposium Program
2:20 p.m. to
3:30 p.m.
Panel: Military Use of Commercial Space
Symposium Program
Moderator:

Carissa Bryce Christensen

Founder and CEO
Bryce Space and Technology
4:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Space Technology Hall of Fame Private Induction Ceremony
By Invitation Only
5:15 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
Teacher Liaison Connections
Educators and Students
Separate Reg. or Purchase
5:30 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
Space Technology Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception
Symposium Program
Location: Colorado Hall

Open to all attendees: Join us in a pre-dinner celebration of our 30th Space Technology Hall of Fame® honorees. Watch the video.

7:00 p.m. to
9:30 p.m.
Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner
Symposium Program
Separate Reg. or Purchase

The Space Technology Hall of Fame® honors those who transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life here on Earth at a special dinner held during the Space Symposium. Watch the video.

9:00 p.m. to
11:55 p.m.
Reception in Honor of New Generation Space Leaders
Symposium Program
New Generation Space Leaders (35 and younger)