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ASCEND (AIAA), Nov 16-18, 2020, virtual

Update, October 31:  The agenda is posted.

Update, July 1:  Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this event now will take place virtually over three days (November 16-18) instead of four (November 16-19).  The announcement from AIAA reads as follows:

The space ecosystem event ASCEND, held 16–18 November, will be fully online, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced.

“ASCEND is a game changer in building the new space ecosystem and is unlike anything else out there,” said Rob Meyerson, ASCEND executive producer and former president of Blue Origin. “This transdisciplinary event focuses top decision makers on the challenges and opportunities of living off-world. By going virtual, we can start the conversation early with a series of webinars and collaborative workshops. We invite you to join the future of space in cyberspace.”

Built from the ground up by space professionals, ASCEND uses AIAA’s world-renowned technical content to inform the creation of the new space ecosystem. The event will bring together scientists, engineers, economists, medical professionals, educators, legal professionals, artists, investors, and entrepreneurs to network, share ideas, and develop solutions.


Original Entry: The Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery (ASCEND) conference will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 16-19, 2020.

More information is on the event’s website.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) describes it this way:

ASCEND isn’t the typical space event.

It’s bringing together every corner of the space ecosystem to connect, debate, and discuss the future. Engineers, business leaders, policymakers, and everyone in-between.

That’s why ASCEND stands for Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery.

ASCEND is built on the belief that every member of the space community has something in common: a commitment to human exploration, effective utilization of space resources, and the long-term sustainability of the space enterprise. The best way to make it happen is to work across disciplines.

  • Plot the course of the industry’s future

  • Showcase ideas and technology advancements

  • Test products and meet the people who built them

  • Connect and problem-solve with experts from every sector


November 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am
November 18, 2020 @ 11:00 pm