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National Security Space

The ASCENDxSummits are FREE and open to the public!

Learn about the opportunities and challenges in securing our off-world future from leaders in the national security space community on topics related to space system acquisition, cybersecurity, and enabling infrastructure..

ASCENDxSummits are half-day interdisciplinary events featuring lectures, panels, and workshops that will help you stay up to date on trends and technology and form partnerships that will advance space commerce, exploration, and discovery.

The recordings of each session are now available on demand!

Summit Speakers

Here are just a few of the many speakers who participated in the ASCENDxSummit on National Security Space.

Who should attend?

You! And everyone interested in national security space and defense.

Join national security leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, educators & researchers for this special online summit.

Remember that if you’ve already registered for the full ASCEND event, you’ll be automatically registered to this Summit and will have access to exclusive content.

How does it work?

Start by registering to attend if you haven’t already!

When the Summit begins on Thursday, 17 September, the link to access the site will have been emailed to you prior and will be posted here. You’ll then have access to the Summit from the best seat in the house.

If you’ve registered for the full ASCEND, your access will be the email address tied to your registration and the confirmation ID listed in your confirmation email as the password. If you signed up for free directly for this summit, you’ll have chosen your access details when you signed up.

What will you learn?

The sky’s the limit! Select the track with sessions that are most compelling to you or blaze your own trail.

You’ll learn about everything from how space assets and capabilities support warfighters in the field, to how the Internet of Things and terrestrial technologies offer us a window into our off-world future.

Already signed up to attend the online ASCEND event in November? ASCEND registrants will get special content access during the ASCENDxSummits.

What does it cost?

The ASCENDxSummit is FREE.

We welcome the entire space community and those passionate about learning more about space exploration to this Summit.

Summit Tracks

With curated tracks on topics you care about most, this summit lets you choose your own adventure.

So whether you decide to dive deep into one track for the entire event, or you explore a little bit of everything this summit has to offer, you should come away with new insights and relationships.

National Security Space

Space fuels the global way of life. As such, low Earth orbit and beyond is becoming an increasingly congested and contested domain of operations. This track will explore space from the perspective of the warfighter and discuss how we can best acquire and field the systems required to support their needs.

Digitalization & Cybersecurity

Digitalization is occurring everywhere and remains an ongoing process around the globe. With our growing reliance on digital information and processes, however, comes a responsibility to keep them safe. This track will look at the growing role of space in digital transformations and how we can ensure the security of space networks and assets.

Enabling Infrastructure & Policy

The future of space security will require systematic coordination across a multitude of civil and commercial institutions. This track will examine the enabling physical and philosophical foundations of that coordination as we envision and build our off-world future.

Commercial Astronauts Workshop

Our off world future will be require highly qualified civilian flight specialists and crew. Join the Association of Spaceflight Professionals for an interactive workshop that will explore crowd-sourced solutions to the development of the next generation of commercial astronauts and spaceflight professionals.


This track is exclusive to registrants of the November ASCEND event (REGISTER HERE!). The content in this track has been selected from the more than 600 submissions we received from the community through the ASCEND Call for Content. It reflects the depth of analysis and diversity of thought that will be featured during the apex event in November.

Summit Schedule

17 September 2020 | 1000 – 1400 hrs ET | Online

Get ready to tap into insights from leaders in the national security space community. Click on each of the sessions, below, for more information. Schedule is subject to change.

Our Sponsors

Our Inaugural Cornerstone Founding Sponsor:

Lockheed Martin

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