New Generation Initiatives

The Space Foundation's New Generation program was founded in 2008 as a forum to foster meaningful, long-term peer relationships between space professionals aged 35 and younger, and to provide access to top space leaders and opportunities for individual career development and mentorship. We help New Generation space leaders learn about the business and advance their careers.


Our exciting and energetic programs provide:

  • Access to top space leaders
  • Perspectives on industry developments and global space initiatives
  • Insight into science, policy and space issues 
  • Extraordinary networking opportunities

New Generation Initiatives include both stand-alone events and targeted programs in conjunction with major space activities and conferences such as the Space Symposium.

Space Symposium Activities

More than 300 young space professionals annually participate in specialized New Generation Space Leaders Space Symposium programs, starting with the popular "speed mentoring" New Generation Leadership Exchange where up-and-coming space professionals meet with senior industry leaders to gather insight and get career tips.

Workshops, luncheons and presentations help New Generation participants understand critical space issues, such as how policy and budgets are developed.

Multiple networking events bring young professionals together with senior leaders in an informal environment. In addition, our daily Space Symposium master moderators all represent the New Generation ranks.

Stay Connected

Meet other New Generation Space Leaders and maintain relationships with those you've already met through the Space Foundation New Generation Space Leaders social media channels! For upcoming events, click here.


See the latest Space Foundation New Generation news.

Read about upcoming events for space professionals, age 35 and younger.

Questions about New Generation Initiatives? Contact us.