Post Show Roundup

Space Tech Expo USA 2017 successfully re-entered Pasadena last month as industry insiders clustered at America’s premier free-to-attend space event. Drawing in more attendees than ever before, the Pasadena Convention Center thrummed with activity as industry peers gathered to share ideas, showcase new products, and discover the very latest in space-related technology.

More than 3,300 people attended to see and test out new products and technologies from technical designers, sub-systems suppliers, and manufacturers who serve the civil, military, and commercial space sectors. Together, they made up the highest visitor count in Space Tech Expo’s six-year history. 

Here are just some of the highlights from the show: 


conferenceConference Highlight: Levelling the Playing Field for Commercial Space

A stand out session from the paid conference was ‘Outlining Recommendations for Improving US Commercial Space Competitiveness’. Speakers came from Orbital ATK, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Virgin Galactic, Lockheed Martin Corporation and The Boeing Company. Based on a recent report from AIA on how to strengthen the US space competitiveness, ideas around tax regimes, protecting the space material markets and security cooperation came to the forefront of the discussion as speakers suggested ways of encouraging future home-grown advances within the space industry.

free sessionsFree Sessions Highlight: Creating Robots for Extreme Environments

One of the highlights of our free Open Tech Forum was NASA JPL’s Aaron Parness and SOLIDWORKS’ Andrew Gross teaming up to deliver a stellar presentation on the integration of SOLIDWORKS technology in extreme environment robots at NASA JPL. Aaron shared some of the exciting projects he has been involved with at JPL, MIT and Stanford, and explains how SOLIDWORKS has been a persistent tool that has helped him throughout his academic and professional journey. 

AirwolfProduct Showcase Highlight: Airwolf 3D Print the Impossible

Airwolf 3D presented a live demo of the Airwolf 3D AXIOM capable multi-material desktop printing as part of the Product Showcase. Attendees were keen to explore the applications offered by this printer that can print over 70 different materials including polycarbonate, polypropylene, TPE and TPU. Erick Wolf, CEO, Airwolf 3D, was thrilled with the response from their demo: "the presentation was a lot of fun, it was a good opportunity to give people a lot of information". 

breakfastNetworking Highlight: Engineers Breakfast

New to this year was the engineers breakfast held on the morning of the last day of the show. Groups of engineers gathered to meet and network over coffee and pastries and forge new relationships.  Caltech graduate, David Huynh commented “It’s been really great, just off the bat, we were enjoying the Engineer’s breakfast and was able to speak to an engineer from Northrop Grumman and get his insights on the field which is really useful for us. The ability to connect with someone who has a lot more experience but has similar goals is really valuable.”




 Remember to add these the dates to your diary: Space Tech Expo Europe 24 – 26 October 2017, Bremen, Germany and Space Tech Expo USA 22 – 24 May 2018, Pasadena, CA, USA.