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Space Foundation Announces Initial Featured Speakers for Space Technology & Investment Forum

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2017) – The Space Foundation’s Space Technology & Investment Forum (ST&IF) 2017 will be held in the heart of San Francisco, Aug. 30 and 31, joining together top venture capitalists and angel investors with space industry experts who can explain the technical, legal and business issues critical to market analysis and risk assessment. Attendees are invited to participate as technical experts, advisors, mentors and service providers to facilitate new business ventures and bring big ideas to fruition.

The Forum will include a Startup Showcase Reception on Aug. 30 for new companies to gain exposure to the investment community.

Amir Blachman, Vice President, Strategic Development, Axiom Space Company is confirmed as a STIF Featured Speaker to address how Axiom is creating the first international commercial space station to host government astronauts, private companies and individual explorers.

Also featured is Greg Autry, Ph.D., NASA Landing Team Member and Interim White House Liaison, who will speak on the subject of “The Trump Space Policy and the Investment Climate.”

Other featured speakers confirmed to date are Ed Swallow, Vice President, Civil and Commercial Systems, at The Aerospace Corporation, who will speak on startups and the government customer; and Thomas E. Zelibor, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer, giving the introductory remarks.

One of the featured panels will be “Big Data and Space Investment Community,” moderated by Dylan Taylor, Founding Partner, Space Angels, with panelists:

  • Dan Ceperley, CEO & Co-founder, LeoLabs, Inc.
  • Shahin Farshchi, Ph.D., Partner, Lux Capital
  • Ryan Kottenstette, CEO & Founder, Cape Analytics
  • Dirk Wallinger, CEO, York Space Systems

Other discussion topics at ST&IF will include:

  • Innovation
  • Cis-Lunar Investment
  • International Investors
  • Hot New Technology
  • Commercialized Space Technology

Register now
Registration includes breakfast and lunch both days, access to the Startup Showcase Reception on Aug. 30 and a networking reception on Aug. 31. See the agenda and registration details at

Co-sponsors of the Space Technology & Investment Forum
Satnews and Toffler Associates

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites — and — and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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Space Foundation contact:   
Carol Hively, Director – Public Relations & Team Communications
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