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Space Tech Expo keeps its attendees busy with extensive networking opportunities and innovative displays of technology. 

Last year, the U.S. aerospace and defense activity generated $872 billion in sales revenue, as well as $41.7 billion in federal tax revenue and $20.9 billion in state and local revenue, according to the AIA. In addition, the industry generated $422 billion in sales from the industry’s supply chain. Space Tech Expo 2018 aims to celebrate all of that success and more when it comes to Pasadena, Calif., from May 22 to 24.

One of the largest commercial, civil, and military space supply chain exhibitions of its kind, this year’s Space Tech Expo is expanding its specialist exhibitor list, featuring not only the big hitters from last year but growing to include AAC Microtec, National Technical Systems, Boeing Technology Services, Element Materials Technology, Kyocera International, Additive Rocket Corporation, and LISI Aerospace, among hundreds of others.

Representatives from NASA, Rolls-Royce, Thales Alenia Space, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX, Planet Labs, Raytheon, L-3, JPL, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi, and Aerospace Corporation will be present, with more companies continuing to sign up.

The quality of the show’s attendees signals a unique networking opportunity – an opportunity augmented by the B2B Matchmaking service. Exclusive to exhibitors and invited contractors, this complimentary service connects like-minded professionals on a one-to-one basis.

Away from the exhibition floor, attendees can immerse themselves in the Open Tech Forum. This a place where attendees can expand industry knowledge and boost business value by discovering the latest developments in aerospace manufacturing and design, propulsion, thermal management, additive manufacturing, materials, electronics and testing innovations.

Attendees also will have access to more than 40 sessions hosted by leading organizations including DLR, Virgin Orbit, Curtiss Wright, Zuken USA, VORAGO Technologies and Vibration Research at the Open Tech Forum. This is an opportunity to hear insights from some of the industry’s most successful ventures:

  • Virgin Orbit’s Andrzej Goryca will describe how to establish credibility and cultivate executive sponsorship for technology investments.
  • Dr Prabir K. Chaudhury from Element Materials Technology will focus on the differences in structures produced by metal additive manufacturing and conventional manufacturing.
  • Cliff Beek from Cloud Constellation Corporation will explore how secure data storage on satellites could be the next step in protecting and transporting sensitive data.

On the show floor, the popular Product Showcase returns, featuring demonstrations of cutting-edge space and aerospace technologies. Attendees will encounter the latest output from companies including NovaWurks, Additive Rocket Corporation, ENPULSION and Phase Four. Products in the showcase include 3-D-printed metal rocket engines, nano thruster products and a start-up with a firing and shutting-down sequence of a radio frequency thruster.

New Opportunities

The Space Tech Conference also returns to Pasadena Convention Centre with a new agenda format, packing three days of insights, thought leadership and future trends into a comprehensive program

The conference has been designed to support commercial, military, government and academic organizations while they navigate the opportunities and challenges of doing business in an increasingly complex landscape. The themes running over the three days focus on: 

  • Launch Systems – Addressing the changing landscape of the launch vehicle industry; 
  • Satellite Systems – Emerging technologies and drivers of demand; and 
  • Future Programs – Moving from low earth orbit to a deep space gateway and beyond.

For the first time, Space Tech Expo USA is co-located with JPL’s Business Opportunity Fair, aimed at increasing collaborative opportunities between JPL’s supportive primes, government agencies, networks and small businesses.

“NASA/JPL, the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce proudly announce the Small Business Opportunity Fair on May 22, 2018, at the Pasadena Conference Center,” JPL says. “This free outreach event will enable small businesses to meet with representatives from NASA and JPL as well as large businesses such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. The event will include workshops and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be a featured speaker on the NASA and JPL Mentor Protégé and Joint Venture programs. Other government agencies such as PTAC will be also on hand to help small businesses with their support.”

With capabilities ranging from cryogenics, laser systems, materials, nanotechnology, imaging, environmental test, motion simulation, magnetics, capacitors, spacewire, NDT and connectors through electroforming, engineering services, precision machining, 3-D printers, ground systems, mission management and reconnaissance satellites, Space Tech Expo 2018 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. 


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