The Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit advocate for the advancement of space-related endeavors to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate for the global space community. We develop objective space awareness for government, industry, and the public, and we are a recognized leader in educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events.

The Space Foundation was founded March 21, 1983. Since then, we have become one of the world’s premier nonprofit organizations supporting space activities, space professionals and education. Our education programs have touched teachers in all 50 U.S. states and around the world, and our Space Foundation Discovery Center is becoming a world-class education center and tourist destination. On the industry side, our annual Space Symposium is the premier event for global space professionals, and The Space Report has become the authoritative guide to space activities. Our government affairs, international affairs and research and analysis programs are respected and consulted by companies, government agencies, policymakers, media, educational institutions and individuals throughout the world.


The Space Symposium, held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. Attendees at that original event numbered barely 250 space enthusiasts, while participants in recent years have surpassed 11,000. The Space Symposium has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program forum and as the “must attend” opportunity for information on and interaction among all sectors of space.

Called the National Space Symposium for the first 29 years, the event was renamed in 2014 to Space Symposium to reflect the event’s truly global profile.

Exclusive Networking – Connect

The caliber of participants, the extraordinary venue and the structure of the agenda create the perfect environment for making contacts and getting business done. Our customers tell us their number-one reason for attending the Space Symposium is the opportunity to network, meet with customers and make things happen – all in one place at one time.

Influential Participants – Engage

Space Symposium attendees consistently represent all sectors of the space community from multiple spacefaring nations: space agencies; commercial space businesses and associated subcontractors; military, national security and intelligence organizations; cyber security organizations; federal and state government agencies and organizations; research and development facilities; think tanks; educational institutions; space entrepreneurs and private space travel providers; businesses engaged in adapting, manufacturing or selling space technologies for commercial use; and media that inspire and educate the general public about space.

Bringing all these groups together in one place provides a unique opportunity to examine space issues from multiple perspectives, to promote dialog and to focus attention to critical space issues.

Prominent Speakers

Over the years, the Space Symposium has been the stage from which many notable space leaders have addressed the world. Prominent speakers have included the vice president of the United States, cabinet officials, such as the secretaries of commerce, transportation and defense, secretaries of the Air Force, directors of the National Reconnaissance Office, commanders of United States Strategic Command, United States Northern Command and Air Force Space Command, NASA, NOAA and FAA administrators, heads of global space agencies, members of Congress and senior industry executives, as well as a host of national and state officials, astronauts and private space travelers.

Exhibit Center

The Space Symposium’s expansive exhibit center features two major halls, configured to provide extraordinary access and exposure for each of the nearly 200 exhibitors. The mind-boggling exhibits cover a broad range of the latest in space innovation, ranging from nanotechnology to full-scale spacecraft.

Prestigious Awards

Each year, the Space Foundation presents a number of prestigious awards during the Space Symposium to mark the phenomenal space-related achievements of both individuals and organizations. Visit our awards page for details.

Awe-Inspiring Venue

Featuring breathtaking mountain views, impeccable service and extraordinary ambiance, The Broadmoor, a five-star, world-renowned resort in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colo., has been the home of the Space Symposium since the first event in 1984. Visit the venue spotlight page for more information on The Broadmoor.

Forward-Thinking Conference

A future-oriented agenda, lively and productive networking discussions, global representation, exhibits showcasing the latest in space technology – these components create an exhilarating, dynamic and forward-thinking environment.

Year after year, the Space Symposium keeps up its reputation as the “must attend” space industry event. Come see what everyone’s talking about. It’s where your customers are!

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