CONTACT: Michele McDonald

26 November 2019­ – Reston, Va. – ASCEND Guiding Coalition members Jim CHILTON, Mary Lynne DITTMAR, and Ellen STOFAN will be speaking at LAUNCH: The Space Economya space summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on 3 December 2019. ASCEND is also a Bronze Sponsor of LAUNCH.

Launched by AIAA, ASCEND is the world’s first outcomes-focused, cross-disciplinary event designed to accelerate the building of our off-world future. ASCEND’s Guiding Coalition is led by former Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson.

ASCEND Guiding Coalition Panelists: 

Ellen Stofan has more than 25 years of experience in space-related organizations and has a deep research background in planetary geology. She was the chief scientist at NASA and is now the John and Adrienne Mars Director at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Mary Lynne Dittmar is president and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, a recognized source for policy, technical and business information in aerospace. She is a member of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group, the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Committee, and the Space Studies Board of the National Academies.

Jim Chilton is senior vice president of the Space and Launch division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. The Space and Launch portfolio includes the International Space Station, the CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, NASA’s Space Launch System, and other areas.

Rob Meyerson is the executive producer of ASCEND and leads the Guiding Coalition. He is the founder and CEO of Delalune Space, a management consulting company focused on aerospace, mobility and technology sectors. Rob is the former president of Blue Origin. Note: Meyerson will not be attending the event but will be available for interviews.

What:  LAUNCH: The Space Economy
When: Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H. Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20062

A new event launched by AIAA, ASCEND is designed to drive the $1 trillion space economy forward, bringing together technical and business leaders to solve problems that affect the entire planet and beyond. The global event is convening traditional and nontraditional players to help build the space economy. ASCEND’s inaugural event is 16–18 November 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit

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