In 1983, a small group of visionary leaders in Colorado Springs saw a need to establish an organization that could, in a non-partisan, objective and fair manner, bring together the various sectors of America's developing space community and serve as a credible source of information for a broad audience - from space professionals to the general public. The Space Foundation was founded March 21, 1983, as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization "to foster, develop and promote, among the citizens of the United States of America and among other people of the world ... a greater understanding and awareness ... of the practical and theoretical utilization of space ... for the benefit of civilization and the fostering of a peaceful and prosperous world."
As the global space community has evolved, so has the Space Foundation - embracing all facets of space. Rather than focusing on a narrow niche, we represent 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.
In the years since our founding, we have become one of the world's premier nonprofit organizations supporting space activities, space professionals and education. Our education programs have touched teachers in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. The Space Report has became the authoritative guide to space activities. Our government affairs, international affairs and research and analysis programs are respected and consulted by companies, government agencies, policymakers, educational institutions and indviduals throughout the world. Our Space Foundation Discovery Center is becoming a world-class education center and tourist destination. And, the Space Symposium is the premier event for global space professionals.