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Monday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 18


ASCEND is the world’s first outcomes-focused, transdisciplinary conference designed to accelerate the building of our off-world future. It’s the premier opportunity to collaborate with 3,000+ civil and government leaders, national-security experts, engineers, innovators, businesspeople, policymakers, investors, researchers, and media to address the big questions and challenges facing the future of space and human civilization.

• Accelerating the near-term commercialization of space
• Enabling the long-term human exploration and settlement of space
• Exploring the security, policy, and legal ramifications of space endeavors

ASCEND truly is 2020’s most consequential, hands-on, immersive event accelerating space commerce, exploration and new discovery.

Building upon AIAA’s core expertise at the forefront of aerospace technology, ASCEND seeks to expand the space ecosystem and connect its stakeholders to learn, network, test, build and problem-solve together. ASCEND is calling for papers, presentations, and other inputs from a wide range of experts. We seek to explore emerging space-related applications and opportunities across all industries, including aerospace, agriculture, construction, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and more.

Consider submitting an abstract in the following areas during ASCEND’s Call for Content:

• National Science Priorities
• National Security Space
• Space Policy and Law
• Space Resource Utilization
• Defining the Space Economy
• Education, Outreach, and Workforce Development
• Information Systems and Software
• Propulsion
• Space Exploration Architectures and Enabling Infrastructures
• Space Life Sciences and Systems
• Space Traffic Management and Integration
• Transformative Research and Technologies

Your contributions at ascend won’t just influence the debate but the course of humanity.

The programming of ASCEND is developed by members of the Guiding Coalition:

• Bobby Braun, University of Colorado Boulder
• Tory Bruno, United Launch Alliance
• Jim Chilton, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
• Mary Lynne Dittmar, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
• Dan Dumbacher, AIAA
• Debra Facktor, Ball Aerospace
• Jim Free, Peerless Technologies
• Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA
• Tim Hughes, SpaceX
• Steve Isakowitz, The Aerospace Corporation
• Fred Kennedy, Former Director, Space Development Agency
• Robert Lightfoot, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
• Sandy Magnus, AstroPlanetview
• Jim Maser, Aerojet Rocketdyne
• Rob Meyerson, ASCEND Executive Producer
• Clay Mowry, Blue Origin
• Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Robbie Schingler, Planet
• Kay Sears, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
• Ellen Stofan, National Air and Space Museum
• Mark Whorton, The University of Tennessee Space Institute
• George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic


Monday, November 16
Wednesday, November 18
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