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

Check the Schedule for times and room locations.

Student Welcome Reception

Monday, 11 September

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. 

Reception and Poster Session

Tuesday, 12 September
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
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

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!

Truth or Hype: Aerospace Workforce Myths

Tuesday, 12 September

For more than two decades, aerospace and defense (A&D) industry and government leaders have voiced urgency when it comes to matters of the workforce — how to transfer knowledge and expertise to a new generation, attracting and keeping a new generation of technology and innovation leaders, and reshaping what it means to be an A&D engineer. This panel will share what we have learned in the past five years on where we have succeeded in making changes, where challenges remain, and where we may be having trouble “hearing” what the data is telling us. Visit the Forum Schedule for panelist names and affiliations.

    NewSpace Business Plan Competition

    Wednesday, 13 September

    The Center for Space Commerce and Finance's (CSCF) NewSpace Business Plan Competition (BPC) is a space industry event that showcases start-ups and expanding firms that have the ability to provide a return on investment and that contribute to advancement of the commercialization of space.

    Since 2006, the NewSpace BPC has showcased more than 60 new ventures and awarded over $350,000 at our annual competitions. In 2017, CSCF is holding regional business competitions throughout the United States. Winners will qualify for the national event, held in November 2017.

    The final 2017 regional event will take place on 13 September, when CSCF will present the Orlando NewSpace BPC. This regional event, held in conjunction with the 2017 AIAA SPACE Forum, will award a $2,500 prize courtesy of the Heinlein Prize Trust. Finalists will have a total of 14 minutes to present their plan and answer probing questions from the panel of judges.

    The competition seeks entries from seed, start-up, or early-growth firms from the following fields:

    • Entrepreneurial space: Firms directly involved in launch systems hardware technology and supporting infrastructure, including data acquisition, communications, exotic fuels, space suits, flight safety, in-space market activities, etc.
    • Space-related: Process engineering, power systems, bioregenerative systems, tourism, media, software, and other supportive solutions
    • Space-scalable: Technologies serving a terrestrial market today, which can solve space problems and advance the frontier as demand grows

    Apply today!

    An Evening of Astronaut Stories

    Wednesday, 13 September, 1945-2100 hrs

    Join us for an inspiring and exciting evening as astronauts share their experiences from their missions in space. Participants will be able to interact with the astronauts and ask questions about their experiences living and working in space, their missions, and about the everyday mechanics of space life. This event is being held to raise awareness and funds for the AIAA Foundation. All participants are asked to consider a donation to support educational programs that advance aerospace. The special program is open to all AIAA SPACE Forum participants and the general public.

    Astronaut Panelists
    • Sandy Magnus—flew in space on STS-112, STS-126 and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135. She spent four and half months living on the International Space Station.
    • Tony Antonelli, served as pilot of STS 119 and STS 132
    • Chris Ferguson—served as pilot on STS-115, commander of STS-126 and STS-135
    • Steve Frick—served as a pilot on STS-110 and assigned to command crew of STS-122
    • Winston Scott—served as a mission specialist on STS-72 and STS-87 and logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes  


    Commercial GEOINT Activity Overview

    Thursday, 14 September

    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

    Women in Space and Aerospace Happy Hour

    Monday, 11 September, 1700 - 1800 hrs
    Hyatt Regency Orlando, Rocks Bar

    AIAA is excited to host a Women in Space and Aerospace Happy Hour in conjunction with Starburst Accelerator and the AIAA SPACE Forum. Join us for informal networking and fun! Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V325T3L. Starburst Accelerator drives the largest global aerospace startup ecosystem with corporate partners in the space, aviation, and drone domains. With offices in LA, Montreal, Paris, Munich, and Singapore, they evaluate startups and provide end-to-end support for all aspects of using innovative technologies for Aerospace. www.starburst.aero

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