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ASCEND Session Formats


ASCEND’s program allows you to experience the content in four formats. Make the most of your time at ASCEND by understanding what each format offers.

MACRO Keynote Sessions

MACRO Keynote Sessions include some of the world’s most inspired thinkers and speakers, providing broad and bold perspectives on a wide range of topics around building our off-world future. These are visionary conversations from the brightest minds across our growing global community.

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META Featured Sessions

META Featured Sessions offer mind-expanding knowledge from industry leaders and doers. These strategic sessions focus on spurring large-scale discussions of the trends, economic forces, technical challenges, and policymaking hurdles facing every member of the space ecosystem. With an outcomes-focused approach, our META Featured Sessions encourage developing deep insights, solutions, and/or recommendations to identified challenges in these sessions.

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MICRO Sessions

MICRO Sessions include presentations, discussions, and interactive roundtables/workshops featuring different perspectives and opinions across one of our 16 targeted session topics. Whether that topic is Space Traffic Management, Space Exploration, or Space Access and Propulsion, MICRO Conference Sessions provide tactical knowledge, practical examples, proven best practices, and interactive and lively conversations.

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TECHNICAL Sessions explore the wide array of research and developments focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the art and science of space technology, exploration, economics, and more via one of our six paper topic themes. Sessions provide technical perspectives from multiple disciplines focused on mission impacts, potential challenges, and possible outcomes.

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Special Programming & Networking Sessions

Special Programming and Networking Sessions include our von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics, William H. Pickering Lecture, Cyber Star Wargame, daily opening and closing sessions, networking coffee breaks, and receptions.

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