Attendance at 37th Space Symposium exceeds 10,000

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 10,000 people will attend the 37thth Space Symposium in person at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and online via a virtual platform.

Around seven months after the 36thth Space Symposium, which has been repeatedly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Space Foundation is preparing to welcome 275 exhibitors and delegates from 40 nations to the annual event showcasing military, civilian and commercial space activities.

“We had a reduced international presence this past August primarily due to travel restrictions,” said Space Foundation spokesman Rich Cooper SpaceNews. “As many of these restrictions have been lifted, there will be a very strong international presence.”

Still, online access to presentations and discussions is essential because “not everyone can travel now,” Cooper said.

“We want to make sure that anyone who wants to can attend the symposium,” Cooper said. “The in-person option is great for socializing, but we know not everyone has the budget or flexibility to travel.”

There is no mask requirement for the participants.

“People who want to wear masks should feel comfortable wearing them, and those who don’t want to wear masks should feel comfortable,” Cooper said.

For the past two years, Space Foundation executives have closely followed the rise and fall of COVID cases, as well as local, state, national, and international regulations related to health, safety, travel, and large gatherings.

“Each symposium reflects the environment that we found ourselves in,” said Cooper. “Last August was certainly in the midst of COVID. Now we’re still going through COVID, but things have certainly changed.”

In addition to the traditional program at Broadmoor, the 2022 Space Symposium will include presentations focused on artificial intelligence, investment and space exploration at the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

“We want to make sure that every attendee, whoever they may be, wherever they are from, has the best symposium experiences where they can network, meet, do business, become partners but most of all absorb what what’s happening in the global space community,” Cooper said.

Around 15,000 people attended the 2019 Pre-Pandemic Space Symposium. The August event attracted around 7,500 people in person and online.

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