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.


  1. Accelerating the near-term commercialization of space
  2. Enabling the long-term human exploration and settlement of space
  3. 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.


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


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
  • and more...

Speaker and Presenter Information

For experts, by experts.


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

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Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, DOD & Military, Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of Transportation, NASA

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Mon-Wed, Nov 16-18, 2020 PT

Exhibit Dates
Mon-Wed, Nov 16-18, 2020


Standard Rate:  $1680.00 (Until 09/30/2020)
OnSite:  $1800.00 (Until 11/16/2020)

Caeser's Forum
Las Vegas, NV

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