Pathways for Our Success: Breaking Barriers & Accelerating the Space Ecosystem

29–30 March 2023
South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center

2023 ASCENDxTexas brings together the space community to share best practices, innovative strategies, and opportunities to succeed in today’s global market and our off-world future. Agenda highlights include outcome-focused conversations, updates on signature space programs, along with multiple on and off-site networking opportunities.


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Breaking barriers and accelerating our off-world exploration

DISCOVER the evolving partnerships between all stakeholders for streamlined collaboration to achieve the common goal.

IDENTIFY solutions to barriers, and create enhanced strategies for successful partnerships.

EXPLORE new players and partners that will be a part of tomorrow’s space ecosystem.

LEARN how commercialization will advance, enable, and support space ecosystems, future capabilities, and long-term exploration.

DEVELOP the pathways forward—help start, build, and be a part of the process toward new and expanded outcomes.

Attendees will gain insights about Artemis, CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services), CLD (Commercial LEO Destinations), and other signature programs, along with how these programs are forging a new future in space.  With the space ecosystem and activities increasing exponentially, meet key global stakeholders in Texas, and learn how they’re accelerating our progress towards a sustainable off-world future.  

Powered by AIAA, ASCEND, which stands for Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration, and New Discovery, is the world’s premier collaborative, outcomes-driven, interdisciplinary community designed to accelerate the building of our off-world future.

Throughout the year, the ASCENDx Series accelerates momentum toward the fall ASCEND apex event. ASCENDxTexas is an open summit bringing together a broad community of stakeholders from NASA, industry, academia, government, and private entities to help build connections into partnerships, engage in continuous discussions on strategy, development, and implementation of our off-world exploration, national security, and commercial activities. As with all our ASCEND events, ASCENDxTexas will focus on impactful outcomes and identifying opportunities holistically as a mission rather than a solution.


Your registration provides an all-access pass for two-days of programming, along with on and off-site networking opportunities.

Early Bird Rates
11 January-22 February
Standard Rates
23 February-30 March
AIAA Member Rate $349 USD $399 USD
AIAA Student Rate $199 USD $299 USD
Government Rate $299 USD $299 USD
Nonmember Rate $399 USD $449 USD

Summit Agenda

Wednesday | 29 March

1500 HRS CT



Julie Van Kleek
Space Domain Lead and ASCEND Executive Producer, AIAA

1510 HRS CT

Opening Remarks: Setting the Vision


Vanessa Wyche
Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

1530 HRS CT

Future State Achievements

1600 HRS CT

Characterization of Risks and Barriers – Perceptions vs Realities

1630 HRS CT

Networking Coffee Break

1700 HRS CT

Day 1 Keynote: Charge to Move Forward

How do we take lessons learned to move towards the future, without inhibiting our potential? How do we let go of the past that’s holding us back?

1800 HRS CT

International Partnerships and Engagements

1845 HRS CT

Welcome Reception

Thursday | 30 March

0730 HRS CT

Networking Breakfast

0800 HRS CT

Opening Remarks


Julie Van Kleek
Space Domain Lead and ASCEND Executive Producer, AIAA

0815 HRS CT

Keynote: Sustaining the Momentum

The Thursday keynote will focus on defining the next steps to remove barriers, and expand on the approaches for success. It will take resilience and persistence from the entire industry to overcome challenges. As innovation and markets evolve continuously, how do we keep the momentum going and ensure progress for the whole space ecosystem?

0845 HRS CT

Forecast, Trends, and Analysis on Exploration Markets

0915 HRS CT

Paradigm Evolution of NASA

Learn how NASA is evolving to address industry goals and collaborate with stakeholders and partners to develop the Moon-to-Mars architecture.

1000 HRS CT

Networking Coffee Break

1030 HRS CT

Interactive Discussions (Breakouts)

These interactive discussions are designed to discover creative concepts, and stimulate dialogue on pressing business challenge and solutions in an intimate, collaborative group setting. Each group will share and deliberate on the latest industry challenges, identify strategies and tasks to remove barriers, and expand solution sets required. How do we effectively frame requisites more constructively for partners to raise capital on developing solutions to address these needs?

1200 HRS CT

Networking Lunch

1330 HRS CT

Lightning Talks from Innovators

1430 HRS CT

Taking Opportunity to the Next Step

1515 HRS CT

Networking Coffee Break

1545 HRS CT

Report-Outs from Interactive Discussions

1615 HRS CT

Pathways to Our Success

1715 HRS CT

Closing Remarks


Julie Van Kleek
Space Domain Lead and ASCEND Executive Producer, AIAA

1730 HRS CT

Closing Reception

General Information

For registration questions please contact or 703-264-7508.

You are entitled to receive a refund of your registration fee less a $50 processing fee if you are unable to attend 2023 ASCENDxTexas until 16 March 2023. Registrants who cancel beyond this date or fail to attend the event will forfeit the entire registration fee. All cancellations must be in writing to Please call 703-264-7508 if you have any registration questions.

What to Know On-Site

Location: South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd, League City, TX 77573, United States

Safety & Wellness: Your well-being is our priority Full health & safety information

Parking: Parking is available at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center.

Travel: Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) is 20 miles from the venue. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is 47 miles from the venue.

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