SPACE INNOVATIONS | SMART BUSINESS
SpaceCom is produced by a collaboration of partners who bring widespread industry expertise, innovative strategies and authoritative accountability to its mission. We thank all of our partners for their commitment and dedication to the successful execution of this exciting event.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. www.boeing.com
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. www.iss-casis.org
The Greater Houston Partnership’s mission is to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. Over the past 25 years, our membership, comprised of over 2,000 leading companies, has tackled the region’s most important issues that impact our community. Houston has enjoyed incredible growth, and the Greater Houston Partnership has played an important role, working to create jobs and advocating for a positive business environment that is conducive to growth and prosperity. www.houston.org
The Houston Airport System (HAS) provides a safe and dynamic air services network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and the greater Houston region. The Houston Airport System strives to ensure that its employment, services, and facilities are accessible to the public, customers, and travelers. www.fly2houston.com
Jacobs, with annual revenues of nearly $13 billion, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services. Building strong, long-term relationships with our clients is the key to our success as a company. We offer full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. www.jacobs.com
KBRwyle is the global government services business of KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR). KBRwyle delivers full life cycle professional and technical services from over 60 U.S. and 40 international locations. The company is trusted to lead many of the world’s largest and most critical government programs. KBRwyle’s core capabilities include logistics, engineering, operations, science, program and acquisition management, IT, cyber and security services. The company provides critical support services for spaceflight programs at NASA and in the commercial spaceflight sector. www.kbr.com
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion. www.lockheedmartin.com
MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with twenty-fiver years of experience serving NASA, DOD and commercial. Headquartered in Houston, MEIT performs work in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas. MEIT offers innovative, best-value services and solutions in the following core capabilities: engineering services, test and evaluation, space access, IT and cyber solutions, and modeling and simulation. MEIT proudly holds contracts to perform work on the GSA PES Schedule, OASIS Small Business contractor (Pools 4, 5A, 6), OASIS Unrestricted contractor (Pool 6), and as a Navy SeaPort-e contractor. Visit MEIT at www.MEITechinc.com.
Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance, LLC (Alpha Space) is a woman- and minority-owned small business serving the Materials Science community with on-orbit, real-time pure materials science research. Alpha Space owns and operates the Materials International Space Station (ISS) Experiment (MISSE) Flight Facility, a commercially-available materials research facility at the ISS. MISSE offers unprecedented access to space, unparalleled pure science testing, and all at an affordable cost. The employees supporting MISSE have a long, successful track record of over 20 years through work performed under MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT). MISSE’s inaugural mission is scheduled for November 2017. www.AlphaSpace.com
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs more than 12,000 people in 20 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. www.orbitalatk.com
Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment. sa.catapult.org.uk
Winstead PC is a national business law form with over 300 attorneys in Texas and North Carolina. The Firm provides a full range of business legal services to some of the most recognized and respected companies and academic institutions across the country and throughout the world.
As a founding partner of SpaceCom, Winstead is a leader in the space technology industry. We are highly focused in the allied fields of intellectual property, business organizations and finance for both established and startup companies working with clients involved in Aerospace, Biotechnology, Clean Technology, Communications, Energy, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Maritime, Medical, Nanotechnology and Transportation. Winstead also has a nationally recognized banking and real estate practice, advising on credit financing for a variety of technology ventures. www.winstead.com
The Houston Airport System (HAS) provides a safe and dynamic air services network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and the greater Houston region. The Houston Airport System strives to ensure that its employment, services, and facilities are accessible to the public, customers, and travelers. www.fly2houston.com
BioDisruption is pioneering human-driven, machine-empowered, and biologically inspired consultancy services. Through an unconventional advanced platform, we help our clients and collaborators face their toughest business and societal challenges using state-of-the-art hybrid technologies, artificial intelligence, bio-simulations, and a deeply established, multi-disciplinary approach to consultancy. www.biodisruption.com
Engility (NYSE: EGL) is engineered to make a difference. Built on six decades of heritage, Engility is a leading provider of integrated solutions and services, supporting U.S. government customers in the defense, federal civilian, intelligence and space communities. Our innovative, highly technical solutions and engineering capabilities address diverse client missions. We draw upon our team’s intimate understanding of customer needs, deep domain expertise and technical skills to help solve our nation’s toughest challenges. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, and with offices around the world, Engility’s array of specialized technical service offerings include high-performance computing, cybersecurity, enterprise modernization and systems engineering. www.engilitycorp.com
Laser Light™ intends to deploy an All Optical Global Communications Network – HALO™. The service capacity of the planned HALO™ constellation of 8-12 Medium Earth Orbit satellites will be 7.2 Tbps, comprised of 48 sat-sat 200Gbps optical crosslinks and 72 sat-ground 100Gbps optical up/down links, without reliance on regulated radio frequency spectrum. Laser Light™ intends to interconnect its proposed HALO™ satellite system with over 100 customer Points of Presence clustered within 20 -25 SD-WAN’s across the globe . The HALO™ network – satellite and SD-WAN’s – will be cross-connected to Laser Light’s proprietary extended ground network and its patented operating system ensuring carrier grade service, enhanced redundancy, resiliency, and unprecedented security. HALO™ is designed to support its “SpaceCable™” suite of services – Global Access Circuits and its proprietary HALO™ Direct Connect service – to global enterprises, data centers, media, finance firms; carriers; and government entities. www.laserlightcomms.com
Leidos is a Fortune 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
We dream of a nation that unites the world. A nation where learning is fun, entertainment is inspiring, and the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. A nation that sparks creativity and curiosity, a nation that belongs to everyone in the world. This is Space Nation – a nation where space flight empowers the future for all people. Through Space Nation, anyone in the world can train to become an astronaut and travel to space. Space Nation gives everyone a chance to participate in the new era of space exploration, to learn and train for a mission to space.
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered well over 100 conventional satellites and 55 CubeSats to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system. www.ulalaunch.com
The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, BAHEP, is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment. Utilizing a collaborative committee structure, BAHEP engages approximately 270 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions in southeast Texas to bring about prosperity and a high quality of life for the 800,000 people who live and work in the region. www.bayareahouston.com
Fathom Academy is a technologically advanced water training facility. We provide a safe, controlled environment, to conduct training for: swiftwater rescue, commercial aerospace, oil & gas diving, ROV and submersibles, deep-sea construction, sonar studies, tourist/foreign government astronaut training. www.fathomacademy.com
Flexitech Aerospace provides wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of radio communication systems and components in space applications. This extensive RF design expertise has provided technical solutions for today’s demanding satellite applications including initial analysis and system architecture, as well as hardware manufacture and satellite operation on-orbit. Our engineering teams have been responsible for the design, integration and deployment of systems used in commercial, human spaceflight and military satellite applications. Flexitech’s technical capabilities range from antenna design through to advanced RF digital signal processing communications systems, used in ground stations, satellites and on the International Space Station. www.flexitechaerospace.com
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.
Jama Software is the product development platform for companies building complex, smart and connected products. The Jama solution enables enterprises to accelerate development time, mitigate risk, slash complexity and verify regulatory compliance. More than 600 product-centric organizations, including NASA, Thales and Caterpillar, use Jama Software to modernize their process for bringing complex products to market. www.jamasoftware.com
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). It was designated as a core performance agency to support the Japanese government’s overall aerospace development and utilization. JAXA, therefore, can conduct integrated operations from basic research and development, to utilization. In 2013, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its founding, JAXA created the corporate slogan, “Explore to Realize,” which reflects its management philosophy of utilizing space and the sky to achieve a safe and affluent society. JAXA became a National Research and Development Agency in April 2015, and took a new step forward to achieve optimal R&D achievements for Japan, according to the government’s purpose of establishing a national R&D agency. www.global.jaxa.jp
KBRwyle — enhancing exploration, discovery, and operations in challenging environments for over 50 years through innovative integration of people, processes, and systems. From Earth to orbit, modeling and simulation to battlespace, and bench to bedside, KBRwyle transitions science and technology for transformational impact and mission success. ww2.wyle.com
Oceaneering Space Systems Division specializes in the turnkey design, development, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, testing, and sustaining engineering of equipment used inside and outside spacecraft, robotic systems, and thermal protection systems for expendable and reusable space vehicles. We provide engineering and support services, such as for astronaut training in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Oceaneering works with Made In Space on its Archinaut project, and with Alpha Space on electromechanical systems for its Materials on International Space Station Experiment facility. Oceaneering holds AS9100C/ISO 9001:2008 certification for aerospace quality management system standards. www.oceaneering.com
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT) provides award-winning, high-value engineering, mission operations, scientific, and IT service solutions to a wide array of federal government agencies nationwide. Founded in 1994 by Harold Stinger and Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, SGT is headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland with locations throughout the country. With the focus on our commitment to integrity, customers and employees – our ICE principles – we partner with our customers and teammates to deliver innovative solutions for today’s most challenging problems. www.sgt-inc.com
Celebrating 22 years in business, U.S.A. based Vibration Research (VR) is the leading innovator in vibration control. VR listens to customers’ needs and offers testing products, software and support that deliver unrivaled value. The VR9500 Revolution Vibration Controller and VibrationVIEW software include patented innovations used by testing labs and engineers throughout the world. iDOFtm, FDS, FDR, and Kurtosion are a few of VR’s applications that ensure accurate and fast vibration testing. See the new data acquisition tool, the ObserVR1000. Visit their booth to learn more! www.vibrationresearch.com
Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. The product portfolio includes Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book, Airportdata.com, Air Charter Guide, Air Transport World, AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, Inside MRO, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences. Visit www.aviationweek.com to learn more!
The Journal of Space Safety Engineering (JSSE) is a quarterly publication of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS). JSSE provides an authoritative source of information in the field of space safety design, research and development. It serves applied scientists, engineers, policy makers and safety advocates with a platform to develop, promote and coordinate the science, technology and practice of space safety. JSSE seeks to establish channels of communication between industry, academy and government in the field of space safety, and also covers related environmental issues. http://iaass.space-safety.org/publications/journal/
New Space is the only international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the era of new space innovation. This groundbreaking publication facilitates the emerging multidisciplinary opportunities for space-based collaborations of industry, academia, and government agencies. Featuring world-class content that covers innovative and expanding applications at the intersection of space science, engineering, policy, and business, the Journal encourages the growth of rapidly expanding enterprises and products that will advance knowledge, benefit society and improve the way we live. New Space is the forum in which innovative applications of new space-based technologies and initiatives will be discovered, identified, discussed, and applied. www.liebertpub.com
Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity’s ongoing expansion across the final frontier. We transport our visitors across the solar system and beyond through accessible, comprehensive coverage of the latest news and discoveries. Subscribe to Space.com for the latest out-of-this-world news.
For over 25 years, SpaceNews has provided decision-makers throughout the industry with timely and comprehensive space and satellite news, giving them the competitive intelligence they need to succeed. Whether it’s the latest trend in military space capabilities, the next space mission or breaking developments in satellite telecommunications, SpaceNews keeps them informed. www.spacenews.com
Space Safety Magazine (SSM) is a quarterly print magazine and a daily news website, jointly published by the International Association for Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and the International Space Safety Foundation (ISSF). Space Safety Magazine is focused on safety related issues affecting space as well as safety on Earth from space events and objects. We regularly follows activities and threats in space debris and situational awareness, space weather and radiation impacts, nuclear safety, human spaceflight, launches, and reentries. SSM is highly international in nature, reporting on developments from around the globe, distributing content on multiple continents, and featuring an international staff. www.spacesafetymagazine.com
The Agricultural Retailers Association advocates, influences, educates and provides services to support sellers of seeds, nutrients, crop protection products, farm equipment, precision technology and agronomic services. For more information, go to www.aradc.org.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world’s largest trade group representing the composites industry. ACMA is recognized as the premier provider of composites industry educational resources through its CAMX show, conferences, and Certified Composites Technician (CCT®) program. It is a timely source of business intelligence and analysis for the composites industry through Composites Manufacturing magazine, the ACMA website and e-newsletters. It serves its members and the industry by providing strong, proactive leadership in growing the composites market and technical, legislative and regulatory affairs. www.acmanet.org
Advancing equipment manufacturers in the global marketplace; our passion is to not only see your business succeed, but to create a community where we, as an industry, can make positive and lasting change. AEM is 900+ members strong and growing, representing 200+ product lines. www.aem.org
AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology represents U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation’s capital, AMT acts as the industry’s voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. www.amtonline.org
The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is an organization providing a forum for many different disciplines to come together and share their expertise for the benefit of all persons involved in air and space travel. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues, including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, and physiological stresses of flight. Through the efforts of the AsMA members, safety in flight and man’s overall adaptation to adverse environments have been more nearly achieved. www.asma.org
BIO International Convention | June 19-22, 2017 | San Diego Convention Center, CA
There’s no better place to connect with biotech’s top people and most innovative technologies than at BIO 2017. The ideas shared here go beyond professional development. Experience powerful business partnering, benefit from invaluable education sessions and network with 16,000+ of the industry’s brightest.
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The Mexican National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry (CANACINTRA), was founded by 93 businessmen in 1941. They reached their dream when founded the chamber that could represent them to develop the manufacturing industry sector. Today, CANACINTRA is international, with over 65 thousand members and 83 offices in Mexico and the United States, this becomes the largest industrial chamber of America. www.canacintrausa.us
Created by ACMA and SAMPE to connect and advance all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities, CAMX is an all-encompassing event. Regardless of the application – transportation, aerospace, marine, wind energy, software, construction and infrastructure, medical, academics, sports and leisure – CAMX is THE must-attend event for products, solutions, networking, business, and advanced industry thinking. CAMX features over 500 exhibitors, 8000 participants, and 300 conference education sessions and technical paper presentations. Register today for CAMX 2017 at www.theCAMX.org.
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 70+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.
Earth National LLC. – Our Expertise is Your Adaptive Powerhouse At Earth National, we help you build the future, a better future, driven by ambition and innovation, and aiming at the success you deserve. Through our advanced and adaptive consultancy platform, we harness the power of knowledge, and source from years of experience to help you enhance your business and meet your goals. We’re headquartered in Houston TX, but our endeavors have no geographical boundaries. We are Earth National. More information on: www.earthnational.com
Griffin Communications Group is a full-service strategic communications agency with unrivaled experience and expertise in the aerospace and related industries. As a stakeholder in the industries we serve, we seek to lend our unique capabilities to businesses that are pushing the envelope and making a difference. With a keen awareness of global marketing and communications trends, we strive to produce dynamic, cost-effective programs that deliver powerful results for our clients. Specializing in brand management, media strategies and crisis communications, we are committed to providing highly-effective, best-value solutions as a seamless extension of our clients’ team. www.griffincommgroup.com
Houston Technology Center is the hub for Houston’s technology startups. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, HTC has helped contribute over $600 million in annual economic activity, and created over 5000 jobs. Each day, HTC staff and mentors assist technology startups by developing successful business strategies, accessing seed capital, and gaining connections to key individuals or groups. HTC startups work in several key sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and aerospace. www.houstontech.org
The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety is a professional association dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the fields of space systems safety and sustainability. IAASS is a Permanent Observer at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The association exists to help shape and advance an international culture of space safety (technical, organizational and socio-political) which contributes to make space missions, vehicles, stations, extra-terrestrial habitats, equipment and payload safer for the general public, ground personnel, crews and flight participants. www.iaass.space-safety.org
ISPCS is a dialog between speakers and audience. Together they capture the growth and diversification of the global commercial space industry in short powerful talks. Today, the impact of the commercial space industry exceeds all expectations. Its contractors, suppliers, government partners and entrepreneurs demonstrate broad, tangible added value to investors and taxpayers. It is the ongoing work of thousands of us, as we create demand for new space tech products and services that grow new markets. It’s people who create our products. It’s the people who make a difference. Meet them at ISPCS. Join us. www.ispcs.com
The Maritime Alliance (tagline “Promoting BlueTech & Blue Jobs”®) is the non-profit organizer of the largest maritime technology (BlueTech) cluster in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. Its mission is to promote sustainable, science-based ocean & water industries. To do this, The Maritime Alliance helps develop a regional and national Blue Voice by bringing together three essential parts of the Blue Economy – education/research, policy makers, and private industry. It focuses on: Economic Development, Business Ecosystem Development, and National/International Outreach. www.themaritimealliance.org
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf. NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises nearly 300 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy. www.noia.org
The New York Space Alliance (NYSA) works with entrepreneurs, service providers and existing companies looking to leverage new space. We provide tactical support to entrepreneurs we help them employ the principles of lean start up methodology through our 3 day online accelerator, our 3.5 month boot camp and our semester long Hacking for Space program. We also help existing businesses determine how the NewSpace economy will impact their business. As it is said, every company is a space company, they just may not know it. The growth of NewSpace provides many new market opportunities for traditional companies and we work with them to help them build a path to their future markets. We also serve a community platform whereby transitional service providers like financial services firms, legal or regulatory advisers, insurance, advertising, sales, marketing design and manufacturing can come together and offer services to the NewSpace community. New York has a host of excellent service providers who are anxious to contribute to the NewSpace economy. NYSA provides a community where these three protagonists of the NewSpace community come together and bring the world the best that NY has to offer. www.nyspacealliance.org
Founded in 1983, the Society of Satellite Professionals International is on a mission to make the satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. With more than 4,000 members in 40+ nations, it is the largest satellite industry association in the world. It delivers on its mission through a portfolio of programs:
The Technology Collaboration Center, an independent 501c3 non-profit, is a partnership between the NASA Johnson Space Center, industry and universities, with the mission of solving difficult technology problems by encouraging innovation and formation of new collaboration partnerships, utilizing diverse expertise from industry, academia and government, across technology sectors. Through the TCC, organizations work together, share resources & technologies, solve difficult problems, and commercialize those solutions to multiple markets, with potential for faster-time-to-market and lower costs. As a member-driven organization, the TCC’s programs are focused on providing value to members and the community, evolving to meet member changing needs. www.tcc-houston.org
The United States Energy Association (USEA) is the U.S. Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). USEA is an association of public and private energy-related organizations, corporations, and government agencies. USEA represents the broad interests of the U.S. energy sector by increasing the understanding of energy issues, both domestically and internationally. USEA sponsors policy reports and conferences dealing with global and domestic energy issues as well as sponsors trade and educational exchange visits with other countries. USEA also coordinates the participation of the United States in the WEC by nominating representatives to WEC activities, organizes the U.S. delegation to the triennial WEC Congress, WEC Executive Assembly Meetings and Regional Energy Forums. USEA members serve on WEC technical and study committees. In conjunction with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, USEA sponsors our nation’s Energy Partnership Program. Membership in USEA is open to all organizations having an interest in the energy sector of the United States. www.usea.org
The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) is the primary sales and marketing arm of the city of Houston and Harris County. The mission of the GHCVB is to improve the economy of Greater Houston by attracting conventions, tourists and film projects to the area through sales and marketing efforts. www.visithouston.com
Houston First Corporation operates the city’s finest arts and convention facilities to position Houston as a world-class destination. Houston First manages more than 10 city-owned buildings, plazas and parking facilities. Properties include Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wortham Theater Center, George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall and Hilton Americas-Houston. For more information, visit www.houstonfirst.com
For 40 years, National Trade Productions (NTP) has produced trade shows, meetings and conventions that build communities and create powerful connections throughout the world. Leveraging a legacy of success in sales, marketing and event management, NTP’s face-to-face experiences enable the prosperity and profitability of its clients and the industries they serve. www.ntpshow.com
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. To learn more, please watch this video. www.iss-casis.org
NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. As the nucleus of the nation’s astronaut corps and home to International Space Station mission operations and a host of future space developments, the center plays a pivotal role in surpassing the physical boundaries of Earth and enhancing technological and scientific knowledge to benefit all of humankind. www.nasa.gov/johnson