The 2020 Space Symposium has been rescheduled for October 31—November 2 this year, to be held as usual at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. GPS in particular and GNSS in general always form an important part of the program. The annual assembly gathers leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the civil, commercial, military, research, and international sectors of the world’s space community.
A revamped agenda from what was originally scheduled for this spring will appear soon, with regular updates at spacesymposium.org.
Past symposia have included such highlights as presentations from GPS III heavies Lockheed Martin and L3Harris, including one on how 3D printing is changing how GPS satellites are put together.
The Colorado event also served as a coming-out venue of sorts for new launch companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. SpaceX has since gone on to win a piece, a major piece, of the GPS launch pie from the Air Force.
At the 2017 Symposium, Galileo made a keynote appearance at the podium in the person of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Union Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. In her address she outlined a three-point space strategy for Europe and noted, “We for the first time recognize that space is a strategic asset and a central element of Europe’s strategic autonomy. Europe must ensure its own security.”