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Space Foundation Joins Italian Partners for New Space Economy Expoforum 2019

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 3, 2018) – While attending the 69th edition of the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor signed an agreement with Italy’s Fiera Roma and Fondazione Amaldi to organize the first European forum dedicated to the global development of projects and technologies derived from the space industry.

Being held in December 2019, at the Fiera Roma in Rome, Italy, the New Space Economy European (NSE) Expoforum 2019 will assemble the best and brightest of the European space community — agencies, governments, enterprises, research centers, investors, international buyers, SMEs, start-ups, innovators, venture capital funds and showcase their innovation and leadership with the New Space Economy.

At the signing ceremony, Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor remarked, “The Space Foundation prides itself on opening doors of opportunity for everyone in the space frontier. Working with our Italian partners, the New Space Economy Expoforum will showcase the innovation, imagination and commitment of Europe’s most enterprising space leaders.”

Working with ASI, the Italian Space Agency, and the NSE’s organizers, the Space Foundation will provide guidance and inputs on speakers, panels, presentations and contents for the multiday program, including the Scientific Committee of the event, which will be guided by Roberto Battiston, President of ASI, the Italian Space Agency.

Pietro Piccinetti, CEO and General Manager of Fiera Roma, which will host the event added, “A partnership with the Space Foundation gives us enormous momentum. Having our team of top organizers in the industry gives us a tremendous start to building an event which is a real showcase — Italian and European — to show the new business models that form the New Space Economy.  Those businesses and innovations cross all sectors and activities of our lives and economy. Each of those deeply permeate the entire Italian economic structure and we plan on engaging a large part of those small and medium sized enterprises that are the backbone of our entrepreneurial system. The Space Foundation can only lead us closer to the target.”

In pledging his assistance and cooperation with the NSE Expoforum 2019 program, Roberto Battiston, President of ASI, added, “The impact of Space Economy is growing and the growth is extremely visible worldwide.  Italy is in first line with a wide range of initiatives, both public and private, that involve all the actors of a chain which is indeed lively and dynamic. Yet we know Space Economy crosses all boundaries and now calls Europe to meet the challenges of the global economy.”

In offering his support to the new partnership and the NSE Expoforum 2019, Flavio Lucibello, Secretary General, Fondazione E. Amaldi explained, “This is an unprecedented opportunity to share the interests and energies that our space community members have for the future economic growth and the rewards it can offer Europe and beyond. The world will see our leadership and innovation in Rome next year and know how promising our future in space really is.”

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and 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 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

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Rich Cooper, Space Foundation Vice President – Strategic Communications & Outreach
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