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

AIAA SPACE 2016 Archive

Open Space: Opportunities for the Global Community

About 1200 individuals from 30 countries and 40 U.S. states, including more than 200 students participated in AIAA SPACE 2016.

The questions surrounding the future of space exploration are far-reaching to the global community. Who will own the skies, the moon and future planets? AIAA SPACE 2016 participants heard from both thought leaders and the technical experts who have led the charge to date, as well as those who will enable future accomplishments.

Plenary Program

Plenary sessions examined some of the most critical issues in aerospace:

  • Opening session with Charles F. Bolden Jr., Winston A. Beauchamp, and Steve Jurvetson
  • Technologies for the New LEO Economy with Stephen Jurczyk, James Crawford, Steve Jolly, Bernard Kutter, and Andrew Rush
  • Next Stop: Mars with Michael Barratt, Guy Beutelschies, John Elbon, William H. Gerstenmaier, Abhishek Tripathi, and Julie Van Kleeck


The Forum 360 panel discussions built on the themes and discussions of each day’s opening plenary session, adding a layer of content and context that enhanced the value of the forum experience. Sessions:

  • Icy Moons and Ocean Worlds
  • Commercial Crew Update
  • Thriving Within Complexity
  • Limiting or Unlimited: Envisioning a Free Market Space Industry
  • Earth Observations: Space & the Paris Agreement
  • Launch 2020
  • On-Orbit Satellite Servicing
  • Space Traffic Management
  • Global Perspectives

Technical Program

The technical program contained more than 650 technical papers from about 600 government, academic, and private institutions in 28 countriesreporting on the latest in space and astronautics research, and offering scores of opportunities for collaboration and discussion on high-impact topics.


Recognition events included the William H. Pickering Lecture with Juno project manager Nybakken and principal investigator Bolton, Wanda Austindelivering the Yvonne C. Brill Lecture, Vigor Yang delivered the von Kármán Lecture, and a luncheon celebrated a number of  achievements in space and astronautics.




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