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UNITED STATES SPACE FOUNDATION

We Inspire, Educate, Connect, and Advocate for the Global Space Community.

aka Space Foundation   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.spacefoundation.org

Mission

Advocating for Innovation. Bettering Life on Earth. Our mission is to be the preeminent advocate and gateway for trusted information, lifelong education, and seamless collaboration for all people and organizations engaging in space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem.

Ruling year info

1999

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Thomas Zelibor

Main address

4425 Arrowswest Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80907 USA

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Formerly known as

U.S. Space Foundation

EIN

31-1653556

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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STEM Education Programs

The Space Foundation is developing the next generation of space professionals - and building the overall technological strength of the nation - through a wide variety of programs that stimulate students' interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Programs include:
Space in the Community (http://www.spacefoundation.org/education/school-youth-group-and-community-programs) , a community-centered science enrichment program that infuses STEM education into a community through student programs, teacher workshops, field trips, town-hall meetings and astronaut and space professional visits.
Space Across the Curriculum(http://www.spacefoundation.org/education/educators/programs/space-across-curriculum-courses) , week-long intensive graduate-level courses that provide PreK-12 educators with space-related STEM education knowledge and content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. Participants can earn continuing education credits or graduate credits at Aurora (Ill.) University, Regis University, Colorado State University - Pueblo (CSU-P) or the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) or work toward a master's degree in multiple related disciplines from Regis University, CSU-P or UCCS. Scholarships(http://spacefoundation.org/education/educators/awards-and-grants) are available for teachers.
Teacher Liaisons(http://www.spacefoundation.org/education/educators/programs/teacher-liaison-officers) , advocates for space-related education who receive Space Foundation training and resources to further integrate space into their classrooms and participate in workshops and education programs at the National Space Symposium.
National Science Standards Lesson Bank, free downloadable PreK-12 national science standards-based lessons, www.sciencestandardslessons.org/(http://www.sciencestandardslessons.org/) .
Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award(http://2011.nationalspacesymposium.org/education/alan-shepard-award) , given annually by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Space Foundation to recognize outstanding contributions to technology education by K-12 educators or district-level personnel. Named after Alan Shepard, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, the first American to fly in space, one of only 12 humans who have walked on the moon and a former AMF board member, the award is presented during the Opening Ceremony of the Space Foundation's annual National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
For more information on these and more Space Foundation education programs, go to www.SpaceFoundation.org\education(http://www.spacefoundation.org/education) .

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Space Foundation provides authoritative information on civil, commercial and national security space issues for policymakers, media, industry, academia, the financial community and the public. Periodic white papers, policy-focused press briefings, expert testimony, published analyses and recommendations on specific and timely space topics and educational sessions and materials for elected officials and their staffs all work to support the Space Foundation's mission of advancing space-related endeavors. As a source of information on all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is recognized as an expert on space issues. For more information go to www.SpaceFoundation.org/research.(http://www.spacefoundation.org/research/)

 

The Space Foundation annually publishes the , definitive analysis and outlook for the global space industry. Published in hardcopy, PDF and CD-ROM, it is packed with useful and accessible information on global space budgets and revenues, a summary and analysis of the Space Foundation Indices and examples of the many ways in which space technology is used each day. For more information or to order, go to www.TheSpaceReport.org(http://www.thespacereport.org/) .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Part of the Space Foundation's mission is to build awareness, understanding and support for the positive benefits of space exploration, development and utilization for life on Earth. Specific space awareness programs include:

Working closely with NASA's technology transfer and public information offices, the Space Foundation each year recognizes individuals, organizations and companies that develop innovative products based on space technology. These honorees are enshrined in the Space Technology Hall of Fame®. The ever-growing list of inductees showcases the significant contributions that space technology has made to improve the quality of life for everyone around the world. Visit www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org(http://www.spacetechhalloffame.org/) for more information.
If the origins of a consumer product come directly from technology or resources derived from the space program, it can be branded as a Certified Space Technology™ by the Space Foundation. This campaign allows companies to place the program's official seal on products, clearly identifying them to the public as examples of how everyone benefits from space programs. Products already approved represent areas of technology, education, and imagination. Visit www.SpaceConnection.org(http://www.spaceconnection.org/) for more information
News media turn to the Space Foundation for information on all facets of space. The Space Foundation ensures media have access to fair, balanced and objective information sources and keeps them informed of major Foundation initiatives and key space program events. The Foundation recognizes the media's interest and expertise and invites them to participate in key symposium and conference activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

By its charter, the Space Foundation is not a lobbying organization, but its nonprofit status does permit its resources to be used in educating legislators and their staffs. The Foundation maintains appropriate relationships with key administration and congressional officials and staff, providing background information and testimony in support of vigorous civil, commercial, and national security space policies. These efforts are managed from the Space Foundation's office in Washington, D.C.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Space Foundation executes a broad program of international engagement and global initiatives across all of its enterprises. These range from participation in United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, hosting international delegations and speakers, frequent interaction on Embassy Row in Washington, partnership with the International Space University and supporting global corporate members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's first and only space, science and technology attraction. It is an interactive, museum-quality destination advancing space-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S-STEM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Continue presenting the annual Space Symposium as the premier annual gathering of the global space community.
2. Follow Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards standards for benchmarking, evaluating and continuously improving our processes, products and services.
3. Enhance education programs, including providing a seamless, standards-based, cross-curricula pre-school-to-graduate-level space-based education program for young people, educators and other stakeholders.
4. Build awareness of the importance and value of space endeavors in order to inform decisions that have policy, financial and other material influence on the funding and/or accomplishment of space goals.
5. Fosters international participation in Space Foundation programs, and build international partnerships in space policy, space exploration and space utilization, with a focus on global collaboration and cooperation.
6. Continue to provide global space policy decision-makers with data, counsel, education and support to ensure that they are well-informed about space issues, challenges and opportunities, and that we serve as a catalyst and facilitator, creating opportunities for informed discussion and collaboration among policymakers on key space issues.

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UNITED STATES SPACE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gen. William Shelton

United States Air Force Space Command

Kathryn Thornton

Former NASA Astronaut, U of Virgnia

P.J. O'Rourke

Author and political satirist

Alice Bunn

UK Space Agency

Thomas Feeney

Associated Industries of Florida

Michael Gass

United Launch Alliance

Jeffrey Grant

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Blake Larson

Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems

Fritz Merkle

OHB AG

William Shelton

United States Air Force

Hoyt Davidson

Near Earth LLC

Christopher Browne

National Air and Space Museum

Lisa Callahan

Lockheed Martin Space Systems

James Chilton

Boeing Defense, Space & Security

William Gattle

Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems

Lon Levin

GEOshare

Peter Trainer

Air Force Solutions, BAE Systems

Phil Larson

CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science