Attendance at the 37th Space Symposium exceeds 10,000 people


SAN FRANCISCO — More than 10,000 people are expected for the 37and Space Symposium in person at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and online via a virtual platform.

About seven months after the 36and Space Symposium, which has been repeatedly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Space Foundation is preparing to welcome 275 exhibitors and representatives from 40 nations to the annual event which showcases military, civilian and commercial space activities.

“We had a smaller international presence last August, primarily due to travel restrictions,” Space Foundation spokesman Rich Cooper said. SpaceNews. “Since many of these restrictions have been lifted, a very healthy international presence is going to be within reach.”

Still, online access to presentations and discussions is critical because “not everyone can travel right now,” Cooper said.

“We want to make sure anyone who wants to attend the symposium can,” Cooper said. “The in-person option is great for people to network, but we know not everyone has the budget or the flexibility to travel.”

Masks will not be mandatory for participants.

“People who want to wear masks need to feel comfortable wearing them, and people who don’t want to wear masks need to feel comfortable,” Cooper said.

Over the past two years, Space Foundation leaders have closely monitored the rise and fall of COVID cases, as well as local, state, national and international rules related to health, safety, travel and at large gatherings.

“Each symposium reflects the environment we found ourselves in,” Cooper said. “This past August was definitely in the middle of COVID. Now we are still going through COVID, but things have certainly changed.

In addition to the traditional Broadmoor programming, Space Symposium 2022 will include presentations focused on artificial intelligence, investing and space exploration at the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

“We want to make sure that every attendee, whoever they are, wherever they come from, can have the best of Symposium experiences, where they can connect, meet, do business, associate, but mostly absorbing what’s happening in the global space community,” Cooper said.

Approximately 15,000 people attended the 2019 Pre-Pandemic Space Symposium. The August event drew approximately 7,500 people in person and online.


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