For every kid who ever gazed up at the stars and wondered what was up there… for all those who have ever dreamed of going to space … or at least working in the space industry, the news this week that Space Foundation Senior VP of Strategic and International Affairs, Steve Eisenhart has been named one of the new vice presidents of the new International Astronautical Federation is a welcome step.
For members of the media who have had the good fortune to report on the space and exploration field covering such entities as Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.), the news is reassuring. Eisenhart’s appointment as a veteran space leader means the U.S. will continue to expand the reach and global impact of the Space Foundation as well as the U.S. role in space exploration.
Based in Colorado Springs, Space Foundation, is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1983 to assure the U.S. role in the global space ecosystem, and to help focus attention on the exploration of the universe in which we all live.
Eisenhart is a 25-year veteran of the Space Foundation. He has played a central role in shaping the annual Space Symposium program as well as maintaining and growing the organization’s global relationships with space leaders in the civil, commercial, military, investment, and research communities.
Eisenhart was elected to the post at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress – IAC 2021, organized by IAF and hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was attended by more than 5,000 delegates from across 110 countries.
“I am honored to join the distinguished leadership of the IAF ( International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and look forward to working with the team in serving the space community and expanding opportunities for all to be part of it,” said Eisenhart.
Others elected alongside Eisenhart in service to the IAF membership include President of the Canadian Space Agency Lisa Campbell, Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Davide Petrillo, and Chief Operating Officer of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Lionel Suchet. All were elected as IAF vice presidents. Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience at Blue Origin, Clay Mowry was elected as IAF’s incoming president.
About Space Foundation
It operates on a partnership model and has three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising, and grants. Its Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform, offering workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world for open dialogues and joint programs.
For more information for students, teachers, and entrepreneurs, visit Space Foundation at www.SpaceFoundation.org.