Major Convention for Space Technologists Lands in Pasadena on May 23

Published : Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:16 AM

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Space Tech Expo USA, one of America’s largest engineering and manufacturing gatherings for space technology, is back in Pasadena next week, May 23 to 25, with over 230 exhibiting companies and more than 1,700 participating companies.

Organized by UK-based Smarter Shows Ltd., Space Tech Expo USA 2017 will be at the Pasadena Convention Center for the second year in a row.

“After a successful venture to Pasadena for the first time last year, we are returning to the Pasadena Convention Center with expectation that the show will again grow in size, for the sixth year running – signaling a positive environment and opportunity for the space manufacturing and engineering sector,” Gordy McHattie, Event Director, says in a show preview pamphlet for the expo.

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has been in the expo since it started and will be part of the 2017 event, along with units from the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and other government agencies that work in space technology components.

The annual expo brings together industry leaders, decision-makers and buyers to meet the engineering and manufacturing supply chain for commercial, civil and military space.

Over 50 speakers are scheduled for the three-day conference, which also includes a free-to-attend Open Tech Forum with presentations exploring aerospace manufacturing and design, thermal management, additive manufacturing, scientific research and development, electronics and testing innovations.

The organizers said the conference will feature an insight-packed three-day agenda that will help commercial, military, government and academic organizations navigate the opportunities and challenges of doing business in an increasingly complex landscape.

“Space Tech Expo is a perfect venue for exchanging ideas with potential customers,” Scott Schick, President and Director of Engineering at Thermal Management Technologies, one of the exhibitors, said. “Because of the location, we anticipate being able to meet and have discussions with people from all types of industries, not just aerospace. By making these connections and exchanging ideas, both TMT and future customers will come away with information that will drive R&D concepts and plant seeds that will hopefully grow into future projects.”

Overall, Space Tech Expo USA is an opportunity to learn from over 50 industry experts in just three days, hear from 10 military and government representatives including JPL, NASA, DARPA and the U.S. Strategic Command; understand the space requirements of government, military and prime organizations at the only free-to-attend forum of its kind; view thousands of products on the exhibition floor; and meet hundreds of potential partners and suppliers.

Since Space Tech Expo is a B2B trade event for aerospace and related industry professionals/government/academia only, members of the general public and solicitors will be refused entry, the organizers said.

A free exhibition pass is available for the first-day exhibition hall entry, free sessions program and opening network reception.

Full conference passes will be at $395 for one day, $795 for two days and $995 for three days. Discounts are available for government, military, academics, exhibitors and students. To apply for a discount code, please email your credentials to

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