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  • Inaugural registration deadline is available for the first 300 registrants, or until 30 November 2019
  • Call for Content opens: 18 November 2019
  • Call for Content closes: 31 March 2020
  • Onsite registration begins: 16 November 2020
  • Engagement Zone (Expo): 16-18 November 2020
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Event information

  • 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 16-18 November 2020 at CAESARS FORUM in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

  • 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
  • How do I book my hotel room?

    Click here to subscribe to ASCEND announcements and be notified about hotel details.

  • Is there a discount for AIAA members?

    We do offer a discount for AIAA members. Please click here to learn more about our rates.

  • Do you offer a student rate?

    Yes, we do have a special rate for current students. Please click here to learn more about our rates.

  • Do you offer press passes?

    Yes, we’d love to have you!

  • Why Las Vegas?

    Las Vegas is the best city in the United States for live events. It boasts one of the most affordable and accessible airports, hotel options for every budget, and a robust aerospace industry. Plus, we’re not hosting ASCEND in any old convention center. It’s launching in the brand-new CAESARS FORUM, which opens in January 2020.

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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Justification Letter

You’ve made a great choice by deciding to attend ASCEND, 16-18 November 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. But upper management, well, they might need some convincing. Fortunately, we make that part easy.

We’ve developed a Business Justification Letter template just for you. It’s a breakdown of the Conference’s key value proposition and other details we think will show your boss how beneficial the Conference is to you and your organization. Simply copy and paste this letter into an email, and you’ll be one step closer to your front row seat.


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