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October 11, 2021

AIAA to Present Premier Lectures and Technical Excellence Awards During 2021 ASCEND

UPDATED October 11, 2021 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the premier lectureships and technical excellence awards.…
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October 8, 2021

Brian Barritt, Facebook Engineering Manager, Answers 10 Questions on Non-Terrestrial Networks

Brian BarrittEngineering Manager, Facebook   1. Tell us a little about your work at Facebook. I lead a group of engineers for Facebook Connectivity, a team dedicated to connecting more…
September 30, 2021

ASCEND Unveils Visionary Agenda, Inspiring Speakers, and Community Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 30, 2021 – Reston, Va. – ASCEND, the interdisciplinary community focused on building humanity’s off-world future faster, today unveiled its six-day agenda packed with hundreds of visionary…
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September 30, 2021

“How do we get there?”

Far and away, private enterprise is the dominant influence in the space industry today. It’s a trend that will only accelerate as investments in space return more progress and profits…
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September 30, 2021

Big ideas are on the agenda at ASCEND

This November, 2021 ASCEND features hundreds of visionary sessions and inspiring speakers to further boost your off-world prospects. Below, preview some of the big ideas we’ll be talking about, and…
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September 30, 2021

“Optimism for Earth” Session Exemplifies Focus on Insights and Outcomes

The 2021 ASCEND program invites a diverse cross section of thought leaders from classrooms through careers to confront big challenges with big ideas to build our off-world future faster. The…
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September 7, 2021

“Fast Forward,” ASCEND’s New On-Demand Interview Series, Envisions Our Off-World Future

For Immediate Release "Fast Forward," ASCEND's New On-Demand Interview Series, Envisions Our Off-World Future Pilot Episode Forecasts Biomedical Discoveries in Space that Will Improve Life on Earth September 7, 2021…
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August 31, 2021

Fast Forward Focus: The “Superpowers” We Will Need in Space

Is there a particular capability or set of capabilities that are critical to success in space that we'll need in the future but don't have, yet? In this excerpt from…
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August 30, 2021

Fast Forward Focus: First Steps to Research in Space

When you think about a company that's never even considered doing an experiment in space, what's step one for them? In this excerpt from the pilot episode of Fast Forward,…
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August 30, 2021

Fast Forward Focus: The Space Biomedical R&D Workforce

In 10 to 20 years, what will researchers be doing in the biomedical field in space, and what kinds of skills will they need to succeed? In this excerpt from…
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August 27, 2021

How to Navigate the Investor Space

In space, financing is becoming increasingly important, complex, and sophisticated. Space companies with financial strength and stability are increasingly at a competitive advantage in terms of capabilities and resources. Outside…
August 20, 2021

VIDEO: Fast Forward Launches with Focus on Biomedical R&D in Space

Watch the premiere of “Fast Forward: Envisioning the Off-World Future,” presented by ASCEND and hosted by futurists Devin Liddell of Teague and Kara Cunzeman of The Aerospace Corporation.Fast Forward explores…
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July 22, 2021

10 Reasons Biomedical R&D is the Next Big Growth Sector in Space

Rich BolingVice President, Techshot   1. What are Techshot’s primary areas of business, and why are you interested in the biomedical R&D sector in space? Techshot’s work since its founding…
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July 22, 2021

Space Policy Pod Interview with JPL’s Engineering Division Director Ann Devereaux

Exploring the Solar System with JPL’s Engineering Division Director Ann Devereaux By Debra Werner As Perseverance roams Martian terrain, scooping up samples, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing to…
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July 22, 2021

ASCEND Campaign Promotes Keys to Success in Space

When registration for ASCEND opens 27 July it will launch a new “Accelerator” ad campaign to help our growing global community visualize ASCEND’s five “P” keys to success in space,…
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July 8, 2021

Apply Now for the ASCEND Space Traffic Management Diverse Dozen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2021 – Reston, Va. – How much do you love humanity? Enough to save the planet?! Thought leaders and activists are invited to join this…
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June 24, 2021

“Fast Forward” is On the Horizon

New ASCEND Talk Show Envisions the Off-World Future The next best thing to going to space is figuring out how to get there faster. That’s why, in advance of our…
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June 24, 2021

Accelerating Pathways to Space — Rewind

Strap in with ASCEND, Axiom Space, the Fusion Industry Association, and NASA for a course in how systems are being transformed fast to help humans adapt to life in space.
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June 24, 2021

Space Policy Pod Interview with former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe

Space Policy Pod Interview with former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe Former NASA administrator and professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs By Debra Werner Companies are…
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June 23, 2021

2021 ASCEND’s Cross-Cutting Technical and Collaborative Sessions Pursue Bold Answers to Big Questions

Program Features Breakthrough Research, Engaging Dialogue to Help Humanity Achieve a Lasting LEO and Lunar Future By Anne Wainscott-Sargent Before life can thrive beyond Earth, humanity’s brightest minds across research,…