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Inspire, Enable, Propel

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Space Foundation Mission: To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity

A Global Advocate and Educator

The Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry. We were founded in 1983 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where we are based today. We are a leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, space-related educational enterprises and space-related research.

Our programs and initiatives educate and raise awareness about the importance and impact of the space industry:

  • Education Programs: We are building the next generation of space leaders and improving the overall quality of education through teacher, student and community programs that use space themes to build interest and skills in space-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S-STEM). Our Visitors Center serves as an education facility and helps build understanding and support of space among the general public.
  • Meetings and Symposia: We bring parties engaged in space together to network, discuss issues, exhibit the latest technologies and learn about the industry; our events include the world-renowned National Space Symposium
  • Public Policy and Government Affairs Programs: We improve understanding of space issues and create a better environment for constructive space policy dialog through briefings, information sessions and formal testimony for policy- and decision-makers.
  • Research and Analysis: We provide factual and authoritative information about the space industry through white papers, forums, special projects and our annual publication, The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity.
  • Space Awareness Programs: Through media campaigns and our Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, we communicate how space exploration and development improve our lives on Earth. 
  • New Generation Initiatives: We strengthen the space community by inspiring, motivating and supporting professional development and education for space professionals age 35 and under. 
  • International Affairs: We foster conversation and collaboration among spacefaring nations by hosting and leading space delegations and by educating the industry, policymakers and the public about global initiatives. 
  • Cyber Initiatives: We create linkage between the traditional space community and the emerging realm of cyberspace through communications, events and information exchanges.

Our Constituents

The Space Foundation represents the entire global space community: 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 museums, publishers and entertainment media that inspire and educate the general public about space.

Our Supporters

As a nonprofit organization, we depend upon a wide variety of contributors for financial and in-kind support, including public and private foundations, organizations and individual donors. Corporate Members, including industry giants and emerging businesses, support us through memberships, sponsorships and underwriting. Our large corps of dedicated volunteers assists with the Space Symposium, our Visitors Center, education programs, events and activities.

Our Locations

Headquarters and Space Foundation Visitors Center: Colorado Springs

Space Foundation Discovery Institute: Colorado Springs

Government Affairs, Research and Analysis: Washington, D.C.

Field Office: Houston

Learn More

See the About tab on this website
Audited financial information: www2.guidestar.org (search "Space Foundation") 

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