Space Foundation, a 501(c)(3) global space advocate for nearly 40 years, today announced it will host its “State of Space 2021” program on Feb. 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EST. 


The third annual event will be hosted virtually via Space Foundation’s digital platform, Space Symposium 365. The program will be presented to viewers at no cost, but registration at Space Symposium 365 is required for access at 


In announcing the program, Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor shared, “Since we started our annual State of Space program, Space Foundation has used these gatherings to highlight the people, organizations, and issues that are shaping the global space ecosystem. For all of its challenges, 2020 was a remarkable and record-breaking year, but our future is even more promising.”


Following opening remarks by Zelibor detailing the achievements of 2020 and outlining future challenges and opportunities, the State of Space 2021 program will showcase five unique perspectives from a select group of leaders in the space ecosystem:


  • Civil space with Dr. Kathy Sullivan, former NOAA Administrator/former NASA astronaut  
  • Industry with Dr. Dave Kaufman, Senior Vice President, Ball Corporation; President, Ball Aerospace
  • National security with Gen. David Thompson, Vice Chief, U.S. Space Force 
  • Finance/markets with Chris Quilty, Founder/Partner, Quilty Analytics
  • International space with Dr. Tidiane Ouattara, space expert and GMES & Africa Program Coordinator, African Union Commission


The expansion and growing diversity of the space ecosystem requires that we hear multiple perspectives in order to
better understand the challenges and opportunities that will unfold in the years to come. Space Foundation intends to lead many of those discussions in an effort to ensure that there is “space for all.”


For more information about this program, including biographies on the State of Space 2021 presenters, go to 


About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocate for the global space community. Through a partnership model, its Center for Innovation and Education unites the entire spectrum of global stakeholders, including public and private businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and local communities, to serve the entire life cycle of the workforce, from students and young leaders to entrepreneurs and professionals. Best known for its annual Space Symposium, and now the digital Space Symposium 365, Space Foundation also publishes The Space Report, its quarterly authoritative guide to research and analysis of the space industry. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., Space Foundation’s Discovery Center offers rich programming on-site and online for teachers, parents, and students. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.




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Space Foundation
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