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2022 ASCEND (AIAA), Oct 24-26, 2022, Las Vegas, NV/virtual

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its second Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery (ASCEND) conference, 2022 ASCEND, from October 24-26, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV and online.

More information is on the event’s website.

A NASA press release lists events including NASA speakers as follows:

All times are Pacific

Monday, Oct. 24

8 a.m. – Keynote address from NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy on Going Back to the Moon by Design, followed by a panel on Partnering for Innovation in Cislunar Space.

Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Ellen Ochoa, former NASA astronaut and former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Jim Free, associate administrator, NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate
  • Sandra Connelly, deputy associate administrator, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
  • Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, director of staff, U.S. Space Force
  • Todd Nygren, senior vice president, Engineering and Technology Group, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer, SpaceX

12:45 p.m. – Overview of NASA’s Strategic Technology Framework. Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Julie Van Kleeck, space domain Lead and ASCEND executive producer, AIAA
  • Jim Reuter, associate administrator, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)
  • Michelle Munk, acting chief architect, STMD

Tuesday, Oct. 25

7 a.m. – Media briefing on NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) technology demonstration and other tech development for entry, descent, and landing. Participants include:

  • Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations, STMD
  • Michelle Munk, acting chief architect, STMD
  • Ashley Korzun, LOFTID aerodynamics database lead, NASA
  • Neil Cheatwood, LOFTID principal investigator, NASA

8 a.m. – Accelerating Space Exploration Through Global Cooperation.

Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Larry James, deputy director, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Peter Gräf, director of applications and science, German Space Agency (DLR)
  • Krunal Joshi, counsellor, Space (ISRO), Embassy of India
  • Nicolas Maubert, space counselor, Embassy of France in the United States; and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) representative in the United States
  • Masami Onada, director, Washington office, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
  • Éric Vachon, director general, space science and technology, Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Wednesday, Oct. 26

12 p.m. – Leaving Earth to Serve the Earth: Commercial and Government Assets Having Positive Impact on Earth. Panelists include:

  • Kate Calvin, NASA chief scientist and senior climate advisor
  • Julie Robinson, deputy director, NASA Earth Science Division
  • Luciano Giesso, head of sales, global governments, Satellogic


October 24, 2022 @ 7:30 am
October 26, 2022 @ 11:00 pm