Highlights 2016

Space Tech Expo 2016 Highlights

The 5th annual Space Tech Expo took place on May 24 – 26, 2016 in its new home in Pasadena. Once again, attendance hit record numbers, confirming the exhibition and Conference as the West Coast’s premier meeting place for space technology and engineering.

Show Highlights:

  • The exhibition hit record attendance with a 20% increase on 2015
  • Attracted thousands of engineers, high-quality buyers, decision makers and technical leaders
  • 250 exhibitors included primes such as NASA, JPL, Space & MIssile Center, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell and Orbital ATK
  • The exhibition hall showcased cutting edge space and defense technology
  • Over 20 hours of free presentations from expert speakers including NASA, Caltech, Siemens and Solidworks. View the agenda here and download the presentation and audio files here.
  • The new Gov/Mil/Primes Requirements Day presentations drew in the crowds, opening opportunities for small businesses to work with Primes

"It's been an excellent show; we've been very busy."
Robert Medina, NASA Armstrong, Small Business Specialist, NASA

Conference Highlights:

Space Tech Conference delivered a stellar line-up of high-caliber speakers from leading organizations such as USAF, Airbus, SpaceX and DARPA to debate the current and future challenges and opportunities facing the space industry.

  • Maj. Gen. Roger Teague from SAF/AQS provided perspectives on USAF needs to create enhanced mission assurance for DoD’s space capabilities in alignment with General Hyten’s new Space Enterprise Vision.
  • Moderator Maj. Gen. Tom Taverney (Ret) led a panel that examined the evolution of commercial space, and how the growth of world players in space is changing the innovation engine from single governments to international partnerships, venture-capital investors, and commercial and traditional prime contractors.
  • Keynote perspectives from Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, US Department of Defense, and Col. Charles Galbreath, Air Force Space Command, highlighted the need for increasing collaboration between military and industry.



“I make all the connections I need to make out here… The show meets my expectations every year; I want to be here next year – I want to be here until they tell me I can’t come anymore!”

Marshall Pelot, Western Regional Manager, DIT-MCO International

“We’ve had a good mix of people, both engineers who want to use the machines, as well as people on the supply side who are interested in discussing plastics applications [and things like that], so we’ve met a good variety of people.”

Russell Singer, Design & Development, MAKEiT, Inc

“We’ve made lots of great connections, literally my whole jacket is full of business cards!  The show organisers have just been phenomenal, given us great news feeds – we’ve never had that before. Next year we’ll be back, this is the first – more to come.“

Brian Matthews, CEO, Additec

"You always dream of the connections you’d like to have - on the first day we got all the dream connections; for example Scaled Composites, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman – we’ve made contacts there!"

Peter Bishop, CEO & Managing Director, Bishop GmbH - Aeronautical Engineers

"For us, what’s nice about this conference as suppose to others is it’s a little more technical and engineering focused and so we find the conversations we have we customers or industry partners is more technical focused on the product.”

Greg Knapp, Business Development Manager, BAE Systems

“We have a very new technology and we came here to see what is available in the industry. We’ve have had some interesting contacts, there are a lot of surrounding laboratories in the area."

Anna Rissanen, Research Team Leader, VTT Technical research Centre of Finland

“The show is excellent for us, because it really gets us in contact with the systems engineers and people that need to connect their box to another box, or even testing. We have a lot of good leads; now it’s time to follow up, but we are very optimistic.”

Tony DeRosa, Sr. Product Manager, Everett Charles Technologies

"It has exceeded expectations; we’ve done a lot of tradeshows – this is one of the best ones.”

Peter Adams, President, Burloak Technologies Inc.

"We’ve been very, very, very happy with what we’ve seen here so far at the show. We’ve been able to meet a number of people that could be potential suppliers."

Larry Strader, Manager, Jacobs

 “Our experience at the show has been good; we’ve had quite a few people come by, we’ve had great success, so I will that say we’ll come back here next year as well.”

Kasper Falck Schmidt, Sales Manager, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems

Gordy McHattie
Event Director
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Danny Scott
Exhibition Sales Manager
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Raj Khehar
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