Space Symposium


Advocating for Innovation. Bettering Life on Earth.

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to education, information and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem.


To be the preeminent advocate and gateway for trusted information, lifelong education, and seamless collaboration for all people and organizations engaging in space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem.

World Class International Organization

We are committed to excellence in all we do. We will maintain a foundation recognized as one of the best non-profit organizations to work for. We are committed to our employees’ professional development. We will ensure employees have the tools, training, and motivation to accomplish their jobs. We will promote and recruit the best-qualified people. We will develop a dedicated cadre of volunteers who support our vision, mission, and programs. We will encourage a diverse workplace. We will provide a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, and conscious of family and community interests.


Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to education, information and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants. Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform, offering workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, offering authoritative news and information and venues for networking and conducting business, including the world-renowned Space Symposium and The Space Report. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world for open dialogues and joint programs.

The Space Foundation was founded March 21, 1983. Since then, we have become one of the world's premier nonprofit organizations supporting space activities, space professionals and education. Our education programs have touched teachers in all 50 U.S. states and around the world, and our Space Foundation Discovery Center is becoming a world-class education center and tourist destination. On the industry side, our annual Space Symposium is the premier event for global space professionals, and The Space Report has become the authoritative guide to space activities. Our government affairs, international affairs and research and analysis programs are respected and consulted by companies, government agencies, policymakers, media, educational institutions and individuals throughout the world.

SPACE CERTIFICATION  Many of the technologies developed to get us "out there" have come home to improve life on Earth. As part of our mission to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community, the Space Certification Program was created in cooperation with NASA to help improve public awareness and appreciation of the many practical benefits that we enjoy thanks to space technology. 

EDUCATION  The Space Foundation works to inspire the next generation of space leaders and improve the quality of space-related education. We do this through engaging teacher, student, and community learning programs that use space themes to stimulate student interest and to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

SPACE TECHNOLOGY HALL OF FAME  The Space Technology Hall of Fame increases public awareness of the benefits of space exploration and encourages further innovation by recognizing individuals, organizations and companies that effectively adapt and market technologies originally developed for space to improve the quality of life for all humanity.

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS  The Space Foundation provides accurate and authoritative information through White Papers, reports, analysis of space policies, legislation and budgets, indexes, presentations, forums, briefings, and our annual research and analysis publication, The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity. Policymakers, the media, educators, and individuals interested in space look to us for credible information and cogent analysis of the forces that influence the space industry.

NEW GENERATION  The Space Foundation's New Generation program was founded to foster meaningful, long-term peer relationships between young space professionals (age 35 and younger), and to provide access to industry leaders for individual career development and mentorship. We develop exciting and energetic programs to help New Generation space leaders learn about the business and advance their careers.

GOVERNMENT AND POLICY  The Space Foundation conducts a broad range of programs to educate policymakers about space-related topics and to ensure that the industry is well-informed on critical space policy issues. We do this to improve understanding of space issues and create a better environment for constructive space policy dialog.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS  The Space Foundation executes a broad program of global engagement across all our enterprises, including participation in the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, presenting at international conferences, hosting delegations and speakers, frequent interaction on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., partnership with international organizations and educational institutions, supporting global corporate members and ensuring a significant global presence on the agenda and among the attendees of the Space Symposium.

AWARDS  The Space Foundation honors outstanding individuals and organizations for achievements in space exploration, advocacy, education, innovation and accomplishment. Award presentations, held during the Space Symposium, highlight the best of the best in our industry.

Industry sector:Aerospace, Airport Construction
Main product group:Aerospace Research, Aerospace Technology, Space Technology, Laser Technology
Access:Trade visitors and general public

The Broadmoor Hotel

Colorado Springs,USA


Interval: annually


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