12–14 September 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Networking and Special Events

Connect at AIAA SPACE Forum

What makes being here in person so valuable? The exchange of information, the interaction with people in real time…all sorts of things go on in the hallways, in side meetings; and you really need to be here in person to experience that.—Jeffrey J. Puschell, Raytheon Company  

Dozens of planned and spontaneous networking activities ensure that you'll catch up with colleagues, make new contacts, and discover opportunities.

More than 80% of participants who responded to our satisfaction survey said that they'd met someone new, and almost 20% said that they established a personal contact with prospective employers.

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Networking Events

Student Welcome Reception

Monday, 11 September, 1800-1930 hrs

Mingle with your peers and hear from AIAA Executive Director Sandy Magnus. This reception provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students and learn more about the opportunities available to you as an AIAA student member.

Networking Coffee Breaks

Networking coffee breaks allow even more time for making new contacts, continuing discussions from sessions, visiting the Exposition Hall, or checking emails and voicemails to keep in touch with the office while you are at the forum. Networking coffee breaks will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Tuesday, 12 September, 0930–1000 hrs and 1530–1600 hrs in the Exposition Hall
  • Wednesday, 13 September, 0930–1000 hrs and 1500–1600 hrs in the Exposition Hall
  • Thursday, 14 September, 0930–1000 hrs and 1515–1545 hrs

Reception and Poster Session

Tuesday, 12 September, 1930–2100 hrs, Exposition Hall
Take this opportunity to engage new contacts and refresh old ones. A ticket for the reception is required and included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased on site, as space is available.

Luncheon in the Exposition Hall

Wednesday, 13 September, 1230–1330 hrs
A ticket is required and included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased on site, as space is available.

Social Media Contest

Tuesday through Thursday, 12-14 September  #AiaaSpace

Forum Awards Luncheon

Thursday, 14 September, 1230–1400 hrs

Special Events

AIAA Foundation Silent Auction

The AIAA Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for attendees to take home a piece of aerospace history and/or cutting edge vision! Generous corporate and individual donors have offered us raffle items to go to the highest bidder in an ongoing silent auction. All proceeds will go towards AIAA Foundation’s STEM educational support programs, so we encourage you to come by the AIAA Pavilion in the Exposition Hall. Explore, discuss and donate! You can make a difference!

2017 Aviation Week Workforce Study: Presentation of Results

Tuesday, 12 September

For the past 20 years, Aviation Week has conducted the Workforce Study to answer some basic questions about the aerospace & defense industry’s ability to meet ever-changing customer requirements through the innovation, ingenuity and capability of its people. Hear the rollout of this year’s study results and answers to pressing industry questions, including:

  • Is the industry hiring and retaining the right people to ensure a talent pipeline for the future?
  • How well is the industry coping with the aging of the A&D workforce?
  • Is the industry maintaining its luster as a top choice for the most talented individuals?

An Evening of Astronaut Stories from the Cosmic Frontier

Wednesday, 13 September, 1945-2100 hrs

The AIAA Foundation invites you to join us for a very special event. Come hear a panel of NASA astronauts recount stories of their careers and answer questions from the audience. Panelists will be available after the discussion for photos and autographs.This event is an annual fundraiser for the AIAA Foundation's support of innovative educational programs and scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Commercial GEOINT Activity Overview

Thursday, 14 September, 1000-1100 hrs

Please indicate your interest in attending this session by completing the RSVP form.

Kevin Ayers
Chief, Industry and User Engagement Division
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

The revolution in small satellite technology and its proliferation within the Earth observation marketplace has opened up extraordinary opportunities for the national security space and intelligence communities. Innovative technologies and new business models have the potential to radically complement the capabilities used for geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) analysis in the spatial, spectral, radiometric, and temporal domains. However, the core issue at the advent of this revolution is how to evaluate unique offerings from industry that satisfy a wide range of needs.

The Commercial GEOINT Activity (CGA) was created by the directors of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO-- with concurrence from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence--to be a focal point for the commercial GEOINT industry. Also, CGA was mandated to craft an assessment framework that helps to evaluate commercial capabilities and provides insight into their value as GEOINT sources. Such a framework will require a web-based capability to capture, store, secure, display, and disseminate the market research information provided by industry to the government. The CGA Leader Board architecture provides that level of functionality.

Questions? Contact Tobey Jackson; 703.264.7570

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Meeting of the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation
14-15 September 2017
All AIAA SPACE Forum attendees are invited to participate. Details

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 Aug 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 22 Aug 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 28 Aug 2017

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