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November 1, 2021

Bechtel’s Michael Costas Expresses Optimism for Building Large-Scale Structures in Space

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2021 – Reston, Va. – ASCEND, the interdisciplinary community on the planet dedicated to building humanity’s off-world future faster, launched a new episode of “Fast…
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October 28, 2021

AIAA Names 2021 ASCEND Diversity Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2021 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the 15 winners of its 2021 ASCEND Diversity Scholarships. Funded…
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October 27, 2021

Fast Forward Episode #2: Focus on Off-World Infrastructure

ASCEND’s resident futurists, Devin Liddell of Teague and The Aerospace Corporation’s Kara Cunzeman explore the challenges and opportunities for building large-scale infrastructure in space with Mike Costas, General Manager of…
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October 22, 2021

Citizen Astronauts from Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic Commercial Space Missions to Appear Together at 2021 ASCEND in Las Vegas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2021 – Reston, Va. – Astronauts from the three different commercial space experiences that occurred in 2021 will appear on stage together in Las Vegas…
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October 15, 2021

ASCEND Accelerates Opportunities for Early and Mid-Career Professionals

From classrooms through careers, more young professionals are gravitating to space, and it’s not just the aerospace, aeronautics and astronautics types. ASCEND’s mission to “build on-ramps to space for everyone”…
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October 15, 2021

The Biomedical Innovator’s Guide to Space

Space offers compelling advantages for biomedical innovators.  ASCEND, the interdisciplinary community focused on building humanity’s off-world future faster, offers this introductory guide to help you more clearly visualize the industry’s…
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October 14, 2021

ASCEND Announces Commercial Space Policy Event, 15 November

October 14, 2021 – Reston, Va. – ASCEND, the interdisciplinary community focused on building humanity’s off-world future faster, today announced the detailed agenda for its East Coast Satellite Event on 15 November…
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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, Meta Connectivity Engineering Manager, Answers 10 Questions on Non-Terrestrial Networks

Brian BarrittEngineering Manager, Meta Connectivity   1. Tell us a little about your work at Meta. I lead a group of engineers for Meta Connectivity — formerly Facebook — a…
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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…
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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…