Space Tech Expo 2016

A new year brings new change, focus and even greater expectations, as Space Tech Expo – co-located with Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo – continues to expand in scope, as well as exhibitor and attendee numbers. With many new exhibitors welcomed, including: BAE Systems, AeroVironment, NASA AFRC and JPL, January saw the most activity in the show’s five-year history – signaling continued excitement and business opportunity for the industry in 2016.

With revenues in space and satellite manufacturing continuing to grow year on year, the event looks set to beat last year’s 45% increase in attendance figures and 25% increase in exhibitors, as visitor registrations are already tracked higher than this time last year. Fifty-two companies signed up to exhibit in just one month, meaning Space Tech Expo 2016 will host its largest event ever, with 230+ exhibiting companies and 1,700+ participating companies joining the show in Pasadena, CA, May 24-26, 2016.

The venue move from Long Beach to Pasadena has been widely supported by the local space and aerospace businesses, with JPL not only exhibiting but also featuring in the Space Tech Conference proceedings, with Deputy Director, Gen. Larry James presenting a keynote address.

The refined and restructured two-day conference brings together leading representatives of the military, government and commercial space sectors. There will be a focus on examining how military and government organizations can deliver space missions by working closely with the commercial sector, leveraging the latest innovative technologies and business models. The conference also takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving space-to-space market, and offers specific sessions examining the plethora of emerging on-orbit services and technologies.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Claire Leon, SES, DAF, Director - Launch Enterprise, Space and Missile Systems Center
  • Michael Gazarik, Vice President - Engineering, Ball Aerospace
  • Steve Stich, Deputy Manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA
  • Mark Rawlins, Chairman, Space Data Association, and Director of Communication System Operations, Eutelsat
  • Jim Keravala, COO, Shackleton Energy Company.


Key topics for 2016:

  • Commercial, defense and new space – the inflection point
  • Launch market trends – reusability and affordability
  • Simplifying and improving ground systems architecture
  • Commercializing new technologies
  • Driving innovation with new space players
  • Cross-sector collaboration in space situational awareness
  • Enabling space-to-space commerce and on-orbit services


The new format sees Day 3 switch over to a Free Sessions day, allowing attendees to hear the small-business needs of government and military organizations, as well as prime contractors. Visitors will simply be able to access the sessions with their free expo hall pass.

With capabilities ranging from cryogenics, laser systems, materials, nanotechnology, imaging, environmental test, motion simulation, magnetics, capacitors, spacewire, NDT and connectors through to electroforming, engineering services, precision machining, 3D printers, ground systems, mission management and reconnaissance satellites, Space Tech Expo 2016 will bring a multitude of networking opportunities through focused receptions and events for attendees and exhibitors throughout the commercial, civil and military space supply chain.

The Space Tech Conference agenda will examine how military and government organizations can deliver space missions by working closely with the commercial sector to leverage the latest innovative technologies and business models. The conference also takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving space-to-space market and offers specific sessions examining the plethora of on-orbit services and technologies emerging.

On May 26, Space Tech Expo is delighted to host the free-to-attend Gov/Mil/Prime Requirements day. The session will be held in the exhibition hall, allowing all attendees to participate and hear the upcoming space supply chain requirements of government and military organizations, as well as major prime contractors.

For more information or to register, visit: www.spacetechexpo.com

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