Regional Coordinator

National Points of Contact

North, Central America &
the Caribbean
Alan Steinberg Ashley Chander Charlotte Kiang
Alan Steinberg
Dec 2011-Mar 2016
Ashley Karp
Apr 2012-Apr 2014
Charlotte Kiang
Mar 2014-Mar 2016
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Welcome to the United States country page for the Space Generation Advisory Council! There are many organisations dedicated to space and space exploration in the United States, such as the National Space Society, Planetary Society, and a handful of others, but SGAC provides a different outlook. SGAC not only helps university students and young professionals to link up within the domestic young space community, but SGAC also provides a unique inlet into the international young space community. SGAC is here to help you build your international space network, offer you leadership opportunities, and give you a voice at the United Nations, at space agencies, at academic institutions, and in industry. We hope you join us!


Young Space Activities Overview in the USA

As the future of American space activities is still not clearly determined, now is an important time to build the network, voice and leadership skills of the next generation of space leaders in the United States of America. SGAC in the United States has been building up a foundation of increased activities over the past few years. This has been seen through its growing relationships with US organisations including the Space Foundation, NASA, and Lockheed Martin. In particular, the introduction of the annual Space Generation Fusion Forum, held in conjunction with the Space Foundation’s National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, offers SGAC members a unique U.S. based opportunity to meet, discuss salient space topics, and network with space industry leaders. 

In addition to those hosted by SGAC, there are many events and activities available to young professionals and advanced students via the Space Foundation, National Space Society, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-US), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Through participation in both SGAC and these organisations, an incredible network and opportunities lie.


Country-Specific Events in 2014

  • International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2014), (14-19 May 2014), Los Angeles, CA.
  • Space Generation Fusion Forum, (18-19 May 2014), The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO: This US space event is highlighting international thinking geared towards university students and young professionals. This event, held in conjunction with the National Space Symposium, aims to gather a selected group of up to 50 top young adults from various areas of space – government, industry, and academia.
  • Space Foundation’s 30th National Space Symposium, (19-22 May 2014), The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO: The National Space Symposium has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and dream about the future of space since the inaugural event in 1984. Attendees at that original event numbered barely 250 space enthusiasts, while expected participants at the 28th National Space Symposium will surpass 9,000. The National Space Symposium has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and programme forum and as the "must attend" opportunity for information on and interaction among all sectors of space.
  • Space Frontier Foundation NewSpace 2014 Conference, (24-26 July 2014), Silicon Valley, CA.AIAA SPACE 2014, (4-7 August 2014), San Diego, CA.
  • SEDS SpaceVision 2014 Conference, (7-10 November 2014), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • NSRC - Next-Generation Suborbital Researches Conference, (15-17 January 2015), OMNI Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, CO.
  • 21st Annual SEEC - Space Exploration Educators Conference, (5-7 February 2015), Space Center Houston, TX.
  • Yuri's Night, (12 April 2015): Yuri’s Night is a celebration of humanity’s achievements in space. Each April, people from around the world come together to mark the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space (in 1961) and the first launch of the US Space Shuttle (in 1981). Everyone can participate, so come and join us in celebrating our past–and our future–in outer space! Visit the Yuri's Night website to find the party and exact times nearest you.

Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in the USA

Groups, People

Aerospace Industries Association
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Astronomy Picture of the Day
National Space Society
Satellite Industry Association
Secure World Foundation
Space Foundation
Space News
Space Politics
The Space Review
Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR)


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


George Washington University, Space Policy Institute
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law


National report of the United States in SGAC's Annual Report 2012
National Space Policy
National Security Space Strategy

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