A high level Global Networking Forum (GNF), entitled, ‎(ZeroG) “0G Summit – Mankind’s Return to the Moon in the NewSpace Age” co-hosted by Space Trust, a non-profit, non-partisan organization and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, CSF will be held on October 21st, 2019 from 17:40 to 18:10 during the 70th International Astronautical Congress IAC, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, in Washington, DC, at Grand Ballroom A of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

As the biggest global space industry event of the year, the IAC attracts top notch players from the space sector, including Heads of Space Agencies, leaders of the biggest aerospace companies and around 5,000 delegates from all over the world.

Namira Salim, ‎Founder and Executive Chairperson of Space Trust, will co-chair the 0G Summit‎ panel with Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. This year’s 0G Summit panel will not only pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Apollo II, it will also inspire a new dialogue on mankind’s return to the Moon in our NewSpace Age, reinforcing the importance of building partnerships for peace and international cooperation in low Earth orbit, the cis-lunar orbit–the gateway to deep space and beyond–given NASA’s recent announcement of the Artemis Program which will align a coalition of nations to create a base on the South Pole of the Moon in 2024, with onward missions to Mars.

Confirmed speakers for the distinguished panel include‎:

Kevin O’Connell, Director, Office of Space Commerce

Ryan Whitley, Director, Civil Space Policy, National Space Council, The Executive Office of the President

Ms. Margaret Kieffer, Director, Export Control & Interagency Liaison Division, NASA

Bob Richards, Founder & CEO, Moon Express

Moderator: Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, CSF.

Speaker and Host: Namira Salim, Founder & Executive Chairperson, Space Trust.

“I am very excited to once again have the privilege to work with Namira Salim of Space Trust. These are exciting times in the commercial space industry and it is imperative to have a global perspective of the peaceful uses of space as well as working with partners from around the world,” said Eric Stallmer, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “I look forward to discussing with the distinguished members of this panel the opportunities for mankind’s return to the Moon and beyond,” he added.

As privatization of space opens the final frontier to all sectors, the cost of spaceflights and human access to space, reduces significantly. “The NewSpace Age is the platform to propel mankind from developing countries, spacefaring, new space nations alike, into space via public private partnerships and international cooperation,” said Namira Salim, Founder and Executive Chairperson of Space Trust who sponsored and co-chaired the panel. “I greatly value Space Trust’s ongoing Partnership with the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and am honoured to welcome our distinguished speakers from the space policy and space industry circles of the United States at the esteemed International Astronautical Congress.”

About Commercial Spaceflight Corporation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 80+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers. http://www.commercialspaceflight.org/

About Space Trust

Space Trust was established in 2015 on the founding principle of making Space the New Frontier for Peace on Earth. ‎Its lead initiative, (Zero Gravity) 0G Summit, engages world leaders and space industry leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to utilize space for peacemaking on Earth toward Space2030, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda of 2030.  To date Space Trust has engaged nine governments and five former and sitting Heads of State, top space agency heads and industry players who have endorsed the idea of utilising space for partnerships for peace‎ on Earth. www.spacetrust.com

About Namira Salim

Namira Salim has made news world-wide for breaking orbits as a Space Diplomat, future astronaut, polar explorer and artist. Namira is widely known as the first future South Asian Space Tourist, personally introduced in 2006 by Sir Richard Branson to the global press in Dubai to show early consumer confidence in space tourism. Her launch landed Virgin Galactic it’s biggest stakeholder worth $380m. Additionally, Namira is the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco to have reached the North Pole in April 2007, the South Pole in January 2008, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest during the historic First Everest Skydives 2008.www.namirasalim.com