How Will You Attend 2021 ASCEND?

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Whether you’re already building and working in space or just becoming aware of the possibilities, 2021 ASCEND is designed with your off-world future — and optimal event experience — in mind.

Live, in-person programming in Las Vegas and Washington, DC along with robust online programming will highlight a six-day hybrid schedule (8–10 and 15–17 November) that promises to deliver the perfect mix of space content and community.

Choose the approach that works best for your mind, spirit, and budget — online access is included at all levels of participation — and start planning your trajectory to ASCEND.

Register for ASCEND

Caesars Forum in Las Vegas (not to be confused with Caesars Palace) is the center of the 2021 ASCEND universe.

  • Experience the energy of live presentations by our planet’s off-world pioneers.
  • Each day’s “Macro” vision opening sessions and follow-on “Meta” pathways programming will originate from the ASCEND Caesars Forum stage.
  • Meet face-to-face with peers and colleagues from around the world in the most state-of-the-art conference and exhibition facility in Las Vegas.
  • On-site meals and after-hours social and networking activities included in your registration will allow for a relaxed and casual continuation of the day’s conversations.

Breaking News! ASCEND has scored updated rates that are out of this world for Harrah’s Las Vegas. Harrah’s location cannot be beat as it’s connected to Caesars Forum (3911 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109). This is the official event hotel and these rates are exclusive for ASCEND attendees. If you’ve already booked your reservation through the your rates will be automatically updated.

Please make your hotel reservations by 2359 hrs ET, 22 October 2021 1 November 2021! We kindly ask that ALL attendees of the Las Vegas component stay at this hotel. To make your reservations, please use the links below:

New General Attendee Hotel Rates

Old Rates
New Exclusive Rates
Friday & Saturday Nights
Sunday through Thursday
(14-18 November)

*Prices do not include taxes
**Need to book at 2021 Government Per Diem rate in Las Vegas? This rate is $120 per night.


For guests who prefer to make a reservation by phone, you may call the Reservation Center at 888-458-8471 and reference group name AIAA Ascend 2021 and  group code SHAIA1. Note that an additional processing fee per reservation will be incurred for phone reservations.

*All Government rate bookings will change to the current government rate as of 1 October 2021. Rooms on this block will have the credit card used as a guarantee only. There are a limited number of rooms available at the prevailing government rate.

International and looking for a visa letter? Submit your visa letter request.


By the time 2021 ASCEND opens in Las Vegas on 15 November, the discussions will already be well underway at this satellite event with a space policy focus at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

For space policy pros from the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, this satellite edition of ASCEND will sharpen your focus and accelerate awareness of the trends and issues shaping global space policy and national priorities.

  • The agenda will include live feed from the ASCEND Las Vegas stage and in-person presentations and panels discussions with national leaders on-site.
  • Added bonus: the Satellite registration includes full online access for 8–10 and 15–17 November.

As this is a one-day event component, there will not be an ASCEND hotel block for sleeping rooms in Washington, DC.


All ASCEND content will be streamed and available on demand online, but most of the “Micro” Technical and Collaborative program will only be available online. Fueled by a mix of published research and interactive discussions, these sessions are where Macro and Meta input turns to outcomes — and there are over 200 sessions for you to explore!

The 2021 ASCEND online platform will also provide online attendees unique opportunities to connect with each other and with industry partners supporting this year’s event.

Explore the Program

To ensure the health and safety of all participants at the 2021 ASCEND live, in-person events, attendance will be limited, so register now to reserve your place in Las Vegas or Washington, DC. Your registration includes full access to all ASCEND online content.

Additionally, those attending in-person components will be required to abide by AIAA’s Event Heath and Safety policies, with more information on procedures and protocols to come.

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