The State of Space

The Space Foundation's annual State of Space will bring together senior space community leaders from the public and private sectors for a high-level, robust discussion on how today’s space environment is shaping today’s national and economic security environment. Following brief opening remarks by Space Foundation CEO, Tom Zelibor, Christian Davenport of the Washington Post will moderate a discussion with two of the US Congress’ senior space leaders, Rep. Kendra S. Horn (D-OK) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the bipartisan co-chairs of the Space Power Caucus. Brian Berger, Editor in Chief of Space News will then moderate a panel of emerging space industry leaders who will share their insights and observations about the challenges and opportunities as the space economy expands and new players and issues emerge. A moderated Q&A session with attending audience and media will be conclude the program.

On February 11, 2020, at The National Press Club in downtown, Washington, D.C., Tom Zelibor, Chief Executive Officer of the Space Foundation—the world’s premiere organization dedicated to inspiring, educating, connecting and advocating for the global space community—will offer remarks highlighting the roles, challenges and opportunities that space plays for our national, economic and educational security. In addition, Mr. Zelibor’s remarks will explore the critical roles that our public and private sectors, students, teachers, taxpayers, investors, and entrepreneurs will have in the next great human adventure in space.

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The State of Space 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. EDT
The National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

Thomas Dorame
VP–Washington Strategic Operations, Space Foundation

9:05 a.m.
What We See – the View from the Space Foundation

Tom Zelibor
Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation

9:20 a.m.
The View from Capitol Hill


Christian Davenport
Staff Reporter, The Washington Post/Author


Rep. Kendra S. Horn (D-OK)

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)

10:00 a.m.
Industry Leaders Speak


Brian Berger
Editor, Space News


Lauren Smith                                                Operations Manager, New Moon Enterprise Operating Unit, Northrop Grumman

Charity Weeden                                                      Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale U.S. Inc

Sirisha Bandla                                                        Director of Washington Operations, Virgin Orbit

Andrew Chanin                                                        CEO Procure Space ETF

10:45 a.m.
Audience Q&A

11:00 a.m.

Thomas Dorame
VP–Washington Strategic Operations, Space Foundation

Tom Zelibor
Space Foundation CEO
Tom Zelibor Space Foundation CEO

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Contact: Rich Cooper
VP Strategic Communications & Outreach, Space Foundation