COLORADO SPRINGS — Last year, Sierra Nevada Corp. brought a full-scale prototype of its Dream Chaser spaceplane to Space Symposium giving thousands of attendees — including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence — a chance to get up close and personal with the engineering test article.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, tours SNC’s Dream Chaser exhibit in April 2018 at the 34th Space Symposium with SNC owners Fatih and Eren Ozmen. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNews
At 2017’s Space Symposium, it was Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin who stole the spotlight by bringing its New Shepard reusable booster and crew capsule to the Broadmoor Hotel.
Rich Cooper, the Space Foundation’s vice president of strategic communications said hardware displays have been a part of the Space Symposium since the start. “For more than 30 years, the Space Symposium has showcased flown hardware, equipment and other items at the annual gathering,” Cooper said. “Nearly every space agency, commercial provider and military unit has used the Symposium to display its engineering talent, vision and craftsmanship.”
In addition to more than 200 exhibitors spread over two exhibit halls, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin and Virgin Galactic have brought along full-scale space ...