Its goal is to “facilitate access and growth” within the space sector – allowing participants in the Institute to learn from experts in the field.
Founded in 1983, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Space Foundation is a US nonprofit advocate organisation for the global space ecosystem
“We have entered the era of access and opportunity with a broad range of new innovators in the global space ecosystem,” said Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor. “Space Commerce Institute solidifies our programming and accelerates the onboarding and advancement of a diverse range of individuals and companies — all contributing to filling the innovation gap and building the workforce needed to meet the growing demands of the space commerce landscape.”
Led by Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Space Foundation’s vp of space commerce and entrepreneurship, the Space Commerce Institute will offer four “pillars of service” to support specialised needs: there will be the Space Foundation University, Consulting Services, Professional Development programmes, and tailored services for companies.
The Space Foundation University, for example, will be be aimed at “entrepreneurs who want to grow their business and individuals who want a career in the space industry”:
“Space Foundation University offers robust education courses taught by trusted experts who share real-world experience as they guide participants through experiential learning scenarios. Offered courses provide building blocks for the next generation of space professionals to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed.”
It will involve online courses, workshops, group coaching and mentoring, and optional bootcamps. and You can find out more information here.
The foundation has already been running education programmes and professional development options. Its Discovery Center, pictured above, is a space, science and technology center and museum. It has a STEAM focus, centred on space exploration and development
“Space Commerce Institute provides the right tools at the right time to meet participants where they are and expand their business and career opportunities,” said Kedis Ogborn. “Space is implicated in a diverse array of industries, in which as one part of the ecosystem develops, the whole network moves forward together.”
Among its other activities the Space Foundation bestows the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award and presents the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.
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