The precursors to the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA SPACE Forum) date back to 1998. In that year, AIAA organized the Defense and Civil Space Programs Conference and Exhibit in Huntsville, Alabama. Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, this event presented a unique forum dedicated to the latest developments in space programs and to the use of space assets for defense, civil, and commercial applications. The conference was supported by the Air Force, Army, and Navy as well as NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
In 1999, the event transitioned to the AIAA Space Technology Conference and Exhibition. It was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the auspices of the Air Force Research Laboratory in cooperation with the Space Technology Alliance. Offering a venue for researchers, system developers, and managers from government, industry, and academia to discuss recent progress is space systems and technologies and policies affecting the future direction of the U.S. space program.
Starting in 2000, SPACE became the premier space event in the United States, each year addressing the critical issues facing the industry and bringing the community together to discuss challenges and opportunities and to recognize and celebrate achievements.
In 2014, the event evolved to become the AIAA SPACE Forum with a renewed focus on serving the broader space community. From the beginning, AIAA’s space-related conference has had a hybrid program, with plenary and panel sessions focused on policy and management issues as well as a strong technical program featuring technical paper presentations in space operations, space systems, space transportation, space and Earth science, space exploration, and many other topics.
SPACE is supported by several AIAA Technical Groups:
Why Exhibit and Sponsor
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What to Expect
One Remarkable Fact Says It All: Since 1963, members from a single professional society have achieved virtually every milestone in modern American flight. That society is the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. With more than 35,000 individual members and 100 corporate members, AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (established in 1933 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences), AIAA carries forth a proud tradition of more than 80 years of aerospace leadership.