Registration is now open!

OCTOBER 18th & 19th, 2017


The Georgia Tech Center for Space Technology & Research and Georgia Center of Innovation - Aerospace are hosting a two-day event at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighting recent innovations in space science and technologies.

The event begins October 18th at the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center

 (345 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA) with a poster session, welcome reception, and open-telescope night. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the main atrium.

October 19th, the symposium will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

(84 5th St NW, Atlanta, GA) with check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. Activities on October 19th will feature a combination of invited and contributed technical presentations, panel discussions, a plenary address by NASA Associate Administrator for Space Technology Steve Jurczyk, and a complimentary luncheon with former astronaut and ISS Commander, Shane Kimbrough!

Speakers & Programming

R. Shane Kimbrough

 NASA Astronaut

Steve Jurczyk

Associate Administrator NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate

Jane Kinney

Assistant Director,
Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Rep. Jason Spencer

Georgia House of Representatives

Steve Howard

Camden County Administrator & Spaceport Camden Project Leader

Jim Cantrell

Vector Space Systems

A.J. Piplica

Generation Orbit

Todd Lindner

Cecil Spaceport Director,
Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Martha Grover, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology

Jon Jenkins, PhD

Kepler Mission Analysis Lead, NASA Ames Research Center

James “Jimmy” Comfort

Deputy & Technical Director,
IMINT National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

John Bradford, PhD

President & COO,
SpaceWorks Enterprises

Ehson Mosleh

Vice President, Systems & Mission Assurance,
Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems

Brad Majeres

Senior Executive

Shawn Cruzen

Executive Director,
Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Michael Mealling

Chief Operating Officer,
Starbridge Venture Capital

Technical Tracks

Small Satellites

Spaceports & Space Launch

Space Science & Deep Space Missions

Emerging Technologies & Applications

Student Activities & Programs


Perspectives on the Future of Commercial Space

Influence of Space in Media, Outreach, and Education

Summary Agenda


Registration is now open for the 2017 Symposium on Space Innovations!

Registration is $195 for professionals, $40 for students, with optional pre-conference reception package.

What to do and where to stay

Atlanta is a city filled with rich history and culture, combining inspirational attractions with Southern charm and world-class sophistication. The symposium will be hosted at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, conveniently located in Midtown Atlanta at the heart of Technology Square, only 25 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Whether it’s exploring the museums and parks of Midtown, or visiting one of the cities’ famous restaurants, there are plenty of things to do and places to stay around town:

*The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center has reserved a discounted block of hotel rooms for conference attendees.
Please use the booking code “2017ssi” or the link above to access.



Can’t get enough Space?

The Georgia Space Alliance will be hosting a kick-off party October 19th at 6:00 p.m., directly after the conference at Grain Spirits & Food on the corner of W. Peachtree & Abercrombie! Symposium attendees will receive a 50% discount on admissions

Organizing Committee

Laura Forczyk (Owner, Astralytical)

Amy Hudnall (Director, Center of Innovation Aerospace, Ga. Dept. of Econ. Dev.)

Glenn Lightsey (Professor, Aerospace Engineering)

Kennda Lynch (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences)

Gary O’Neill (Sr. Aerospace & Defense Specialist, Center of Innovation Aerospace, Ga. Dept. of Econ. Dev.)

Thom Orlando (Professor, Chemistry)

John Olds (CEO, SpaceWorks Enterprises)

Jud Ready (Chair, Georgia Space Working Group)

Eric Truitt (Chief, Space & Intelligence Programs, GTRI)

Jacob Vallo (Vice President & Regional Director, Rockefeller Group)

Caleb Williams (Space Systems Analyst, SpaceWorks Enterprises)