17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Headlines from the 2018 AIAA SPACE Forum

Opening-Plenary-SPACE-2018-NASA60

Forum attendees enjoy the opening session at the 2018 AIAA SPACE Forum in Orlando, taking place 17–19 September 2018.


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19, 2018

Small Launch Vehicles Market Spurs Advancements, Intense Competition

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA social media content specialist

The small launch vehicles market has become more crowded and competitive as the technology has become more widespread...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19, 2018

Space Economy Is Happening Despite Challenges

by Michele McDonald, AIAA  communications manager

The cislunar economy has many variables shaping its future — from if people can “live off the land” in space...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19, 2018

Aerospace Industry Must Adapt to Attract and Retain Top Talent

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

The aerospace and defense industry must adapt and become more flexible if it’s to continue to attract and retain top-level talent...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 19, 2018

NASA and Industry on Space Exploration

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

In two back-to-back  panel discussions in the “New Directions in Space Exploration” session, representatives from NASA and the private space industry...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018

International Collaboration Key to Launching New Era of Space Exploration

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Strengthening international collaboration is key to opening a new era of space exploration, a panel of experts said during the “International Collaboration – Opportunities and Challenges” session.

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018

GPS and Charles Trimble Put the World in Your Pocket

by Michele McDonald, AIAA  communications manager

Simply put, GPS pioneer Charles Trimble is the one you can thank.

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018

Lunar Exploration Appealing for International Collaboration, Commercial Endeavors

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA social media content specialist

Two  back-to-back panels as part of the “Global Space Exploration — Enhanced Benefits Through International and Commercial Partnerships” session focused...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018

Boeing and SpaceX Talk Commercial Crew

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

Representatives from Boeing and SpaceX provided updates on their goals of launching NASA astronauts...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 17, 2018

NASA Administrators on the Agency at 60 Years

by Tom Risen, Aerospace America staff reporter

NASA Administrator James Bridenstine followed his keynote opening the forum by discussing the agency’s past and present...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 17, 2018

Hypersonic Flight Speeds Present New Challenges for Additive Manufacturing

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA social media content specialist

Panelists in the “Additive Manufacturing to Advance Hypersonics Capabilities” session emphasized the promise of additive manufacturing for hypersonic flight systems...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 17, 2018

Partnerships, Flexibility, Effective Communication Keys to Successful Evolution of Complex Systems

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

With aerospace systems growing more complex, the community will need to create rapid but effective solutions for technical, environmental and political challenges...

Full Story


Orlando, Fla., Sept. 17, 2018

On-Orbit Servicing Could Be a Huge Industry

by Michele McDonald, AIAA  communications manager

On-orbit servicing could be a $700 million industry by 2026-27 — up from a market that doesn’t currently exist...

Full Story


Return to 2018 AIAA SPACE Forum Headlines

Return to the 2018 SPACE Forum home

FAQsContact UsPoliciesMedia