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AIAA Space Forum in San Diego to Examine Societal Benefits of Space Exploration and Development

By SpaceRef Editor
July 24, 2014
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AIAA Space Forum in San Diego to Examine Societal Benefits of Space Exploration and Development

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition 2014 (AIAA SPACE 2014), August 4–7, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, Calif. The theme of the event will be “Space: Connecting, Protecting, and Enhancing a Global Society.”

“From exploration efforts on Mars, to the utilization of space-based resources, to understanding our own planet and improving global communications – AIAA SPACE 2014 will offer something for everyone engaged in the development and use of space,” said AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus. “SPACE 2014 brings together a diverse array of representatives from government, academia, and industry from the world’s spacefaring nations to serve as the incubator for ideas, designs and policy proposals aimed at technology development, scientific research, and international collaboration to realize our dreams of continuing expansion into low Earth orbit and traveling beyond.”

Featuring three discussion tracks, a dynamic plenary program, AIAA’s new “Forum 360°” program, and over 400 individual presentations across 25 topic areas, AIAA SPACE 2014 is an international forum that will provide insights into three important roles that space development and exploration play in our society: utilizing space and advanced technologies to connect and protect a global society; employing Earth observation data to support and advance scientific and societal needs; and developing and exploring space to benefit humanity.

Specific topics of discussion include: the future of the satellite industry, space-based Earth remote sensing, Mars exploration, the current state of human spaceflight capacity, the transformative economic impact of space development, cybersecurity in space systems, the future of space-based communications, and expansion of the nation’s network of spaceports.

Featured speakers for AIAA SPACE 2014 include: John Celli, president, Space Systems/Loral (SSL); Jason Crusan, director, advanced exploration systems, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters; Vern Fotheringham, chairman, president, and CEO, Kymeta Corporation; Michael Gazarik, associate administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters; Philip Harlow, president and COO, XTAR LLC; Robert P. Hoyt, CEO and chief scientist, Tethers Unlimited; Jack Kaye, associate director, research, Earth Science Division, NASA; Aaron Kemmer, CEO, Made in Space Inc.; and William Lapenta, director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information on AIAA SPACE 2014, please contact Duane Hyland or call 703.264.7558. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the media.

About AIAA
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