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Space Foundation Selects L3Harris as Recipient of 2022 Athena Education Award

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — March 7, 2022 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that L3Harris Technologies has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Athena Education Award. The award will be presented during the 37th Space Symposium, to be held April 4-7, 2022, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Established in 2021, the Athena Education Award recognizes the spirit, leadership and commitment of a steadfast partner to Space Foundation’s global education mission. The award honors their support in providing educational programs that build STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) engagement and allow the space leaders of tomorrow to take their part in the ever-expanding global space economy.

“L3Harris has made foundational investments in Space Foundation that have transformed our education programming into lifelong learning efforts that help anyone and everyone find their place in space,” said Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor. “As demand for skilled talent increases, L3Harris has positioned itself as a proactive investor and partner in initiatives that make a difference.”

“Preparing the upcoming generation to make significant impacts within the space ecosystem is a crucial endeavor,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Vice Chair and CEO, L3Harris. “We look forward to the continued success of our Space Foundation partnership to ignite future STEM and space policy education opportunities.”

In addition, the company has partnered with Space Foundation on various public engagement events, notably the Space in the Community series, where students, families, teachers and entire communities learn more about the value of space exploration and how it contributes to our daily lives.

About Space Symposium

Space Symposium is the premier assembly for the global space ecosystem, hosted by Space Foundation since 1984. The live event is widely attended by commercial and government leaders, young professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Last year’s 36th Space Symposium enabled its thousands of global attendees to seamlessly engage and conduct business both in-person and virtually via Symposium 365 Digital Platform. For a complete listing of Space Symposium co-sponsors, please click here. For more information, please visit

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-to-Earth industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including Space Symposium and The Space Report. Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow on LinkedIn, Facebook, InstagramTwitter and YouTube.


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Rich Cooper
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Space Foundation
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