The world's premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community.
Be the preeminent resource for space education, a trusted source of space information, and a provider of exceptional forums for the exchange of ideas.
In 1983, a small group of visionary leaders in Colorado Springs saw a need to establish an organization that could, in a non-partisan, objective and fair manner, bring together the various sectors of America's developing space community and serve as a credible source of information for a broad audience - from space professionals to the general public. The Space Foundation was founded March 21, 1983, as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization "to foster, develop and promote, among the citizens of the United States of America and among other people of the world ... a greater understanding and awareness ... of the practical and theoretical utilization of space ... for the benefit of civilization and the fostering of a peaceful and prosperous world."
As the global space community has evolved, so has the Space Foundation - embracing all facets of space. Rather than focusing on a narrow niche, we represent the entire global space community: space agencies; commercial space businesses and associated subcontractors; military, national security and intelligence organizations; cyber security organizations; federal and state government agencies and organizations; research and development facilities; think tanks; educational institutions; space entrepreneurs and private space travel providers; businesses engaged in adapting, manufacturing or selling space technologies for commercial use; and museums, publishers and entertainment media that inspire and educate the general public about space.
In the years since our founding, we have become one of the world's premier nonprofit organizations supporting space activities, space professionals and education. Our education programs have touched teachers in all 50 U.S. states and around the world. Our Space Foundation Discovery Center is becoming a world-class education center and tourist destination. And, our annual Space Symposium is the premier event for global space professionals. The Space Report has become the authoritative guide to space activities. Our government affairs, international affairs and research and analysis programs are respected and consulted by companies, government agencies, policymakers, media, educational institutions and individuals throughout the world.
Our impact through a cadre of principal programs in the last year includes:
• 80,000+ people, locally, nationally, and around the globe, served
• 20,000+ students and teachers, primarily in Colorado but also from around the globe, received in-person, hands-on STEM education with cutting-edge technology tools and curriculum
• More than 225 school field trips taken to our Space Foundation Discovery Center
• 20% of field trip students were funded by scholarships, serving from rural and/or Title 1 Colorado schools, reaching low-income, at-risk and under-represented children
• 40,000+ annual visitors to the Space Foundation Discovery Center, including families, military, community groups, youth groups, tourists, teachers and students
• 14,000+ attendees from 26 countries to the 34th Space Symposium, the largest annual gathering of the space community in the world
• 8,000+ kids, adults, families and tourists were treated to interactive exhibits, STEM crafts and learning activities during our annual 10-week 'Summer of Discovery' program
• 10,000+ hours worked by 380 volunteers
• 4,578 young artists from 57 countries, 37 U.S. states, ages 3 through 18, submitted original artwork for our International Student Art Contest
• 10 years of data, resources and information were made available for the first time electronically in the Space Report Online, a single place, ready for use in research, reports, business analysis and market forecasts