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  • What does ASCEND mean?

    ASCEND is an acronym that stands for “Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery.” The name captures our ambition to empower space professionals and organizations to drive the space economy forward together.

  • When and where will the event take place?

    ASCEND will take place online 16-18 November 2020. ASCEND will also be featuring bi-weekly online series starting May 2020. 

  • Who will be attending?

    ASCEND is built to convene space professionals and organizations from every discipline and industry to build the space economy, support space exploration, and further space science. Our attendees come from all of the following groups:

    • engineering
    • private enterprise
    • startups
    • investors
    • civil space
    • national security
    • academia
    • research
    • space sciences
    • media
    • emerging technology
    • policy
  • Is there a discount for AIAA members?

    We do offer a discount for AIAA members. Stay tuned for more details about the virtual event. 

  • Do you offer a student rate?

    Yes, we do have a special rate for current students. Stay tuned for more details about the virtual event. 

  • Do you offer press passes?

    Yes, we’d love to have you!

Content and programming

  • How is content being developed for ASCEND?

    ASCEND is built around asking tough questions that impact everyone working or studying in the space industry. We’re collaborating with our engineering, business, civil, and governmental advisors to select one primary question for each day of the event.

    ASCEND is building each daily schedule with technical content that aligns under that day’s featured topic. Learn more about our Call for Content.

  • How can I pass along speaker or content suggestions for ASCEND?

    The best way to impact the content at ASCEND is to propose your own work! Learn more about our Call for Content.

    We would also love to hear your ideas for speakers and topics. To share those ideas, send us an email at ascend@aiaa.org.

  • How can my organization exhibit at or sponsor ASCEND?

    As one of ASCEND’s partners, you will be able to further its position by playing a lead role in defining the promise and potential of the emerging space economy. Visit the Exhibit & Sponsor page or send us an email at ascendsales@smithbucklin.com and we’ll help you customize your experience and impact at ASCEND.

  • Who is building the ASCEND experience?

    The ASCEND program is built with the combined expertise of AIAA’s technical community and industry thought leaders. The structure and experience itself are being crafted with the support of world-renowned advisors in the space industry.

  • Will there be published papers and proceedings from ASCEND?

    Yes. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Will there be technical papers?

    Yes! Technical papers play an important role in ASCEND. ASCEND is all about collaboration, sharing ideas, and the very latest thinking in aero and astronautics. There’s no better venue to promote your ideas among your peers, pressure test your thinking, and discover new insight and inspiration.

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