Fusion Forum 2016

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32nd Space Symposium Discount


The Space Generation Fusion Forum and the Space Symposium are two separate events.  If you wish to attend the Space Symposium, we encourage you to do so as a Space Generation Fusion Forum member at a significantly discounted registration rate of $550! This includes access to the general programme events, and all the New Generation Space Leaders Programme. If you wish to attend the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, you can buy your ticket for $625.  

Information on the discount rate will be available soon.


Travel, Venue and Accommodation



The Space Generation Fusion Forum will take place at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs at their Cheyenne Lodge.

Delegates are responsible for their travel to/from the Colorado Springs area. Shuttle transportation will be provided from the Hotel Elegante to the Cheyenne Lodge during the event. 

Space Generation Fusion Forum 2016 Venue

Broadmoor Hotel
Broadmoor Hotel
Cheyenne Lodge
Cheyenne Lodge

The Space Generation Fusion Forum 2016 will be held at the Cheyenne Lodge of the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor Hotel is the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star awards. The resort is located on 3,000 lush acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain and offers an award-winning spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool; 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts; children's programmes; 24-hour room service, and 25 specialty retail shops.

Please note that the Cheyenne Lodge is a five minute drive from the main buildings of the Broadmoor Hotel.

Venue address:

A: Broadmoor Hotel
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs
Colorado, USA

B: Cheyenne Lodge
4199 S Club Dr.
Colorado Springs
Colorado, USA

For a more detailed map, click here


All Space Generation Fusion Forum delegates are required to make their own hotel arrangements in Colorado for the Forum. However, Hotel Accommodations have been secured for Delegates (at their own cost) at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, CO. (http://www.hotelelegante.com/ Details on group room block rates will be available in the coming weeks.

Global Grants Programme 2016


A main goal of the Space Generation Fusion Forum is to provide firsthand international perspectives to the US event. SGAC is enabling this through its Global Grants Programme for the Forum. Top international applicants will be selected to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the 32nd Space Symposium. Winners must be SGAC members between the ages of 18-35 (it's free and easy -  become an SGAC member). The Programme will cover round trip travel to Colorado Springs, lodging, visa costs, and the registration fees for both the Fusion Forum and the Space Symposium.

The winners of the Global Grants Programme will participate in the panels and interactive sessions during the Space Generation Fusion Forum and will be noted at the Space Symposium. 

How to Apply

  1. To apply for the Global Grant Programme, please fill out an application form for the Space Generation Fusion Forum.
  2. At the bottom of the application form, please check the box indicating that you are applying for the Global Grants Programme.

To apply please send an email with subject heading: [LAST NAME, 2016 GLOBAL GRANTS] with the following:

  • Resume (with headshot and date of birth) (limit 2 pages)
  • Letter of Intent, detailing your experience and background to the discussion track topics (limit 1 page)

All applications must be emailed to SGAC Intern, Alberto Rueda (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.).

Only complete applications will be considered.  


Registration Information


This page shall give you some useful information concerning the 5th Space Generation Fusion Forum, in order to facilitate your planning and participation. 


How do I apply?

The applications for the 5th Space Generation Fusion Forum will close on February 19, 2016 at 23:59:59 EST. The Space Generation Fusion Forum will have no more than 50 people, so only the most motivated and highly qualified applicants are selected. All selected delegates will be informed about their participation in a timely manner. To apply, you must have a membership account with SGAC.  

I have been selected as a delegate, how do I complete the registration?

To confirm your attendance, the non-refundable full registration cost is due by 18th March 2016 or your position will be forfeited. Information on registration payments will be sent to selected delegates. Preferred payment is via bank transfer but Paypal is also available; please see below for bank details.

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What does it cost?

Delegate registration costs $200 USD per person. 


How do I pay for my registration?

Payment of SGFF registration fees are necessary to secure your spot as a SGFF 2016 delegate. Please wait for your letter of acceptance before proceeding with payment.

Bank transfer is highly preferred for the registration payment but Paypal is also available.

Please only complete payment if you have received an email indicating you have been selected as a delegate. Only delegates who have been selected to attend are eligible to participate in the Space Generation Fusion Forum event. Payments from unaccepted participants will not be refunded.


SGAC Bank Transfer Details:

  Bank of America Bank Austria
Routing number 
054 001 204 -
Account number 002 260 358 150 50670270201
IBAN number - AT981200050670270201
Account type Business Economy Checking Account Space Generation Beirat zur Unterst.d.Progr.f.
Weltraumanwendungen d.Ver. Nationen (SGAC)


What do I need to know about the Space Generation Fusion Forum 2016?


All of the information regarding the Fusion Forum programme structure, topics, and panels can be found on the About the Fusion Forum and Panel Topic page, on the module on the right side of this page. Information on the location of the event and where to stay in the area can be found on the Venue & Accommodation page.  For a schedule of events, please click here.

The dress code for the Fusion Forum is business casual. For those attending the National Space Symposium, formal business clothing is mostly expected.


Where and how can I connect to other delegates and the organisers?


Explicitly for the purposes of introducing yourself to other delegates and exchanging information on travel planning, a set of discussion forums have been created on our SGAC Facebook group page.

Please check these forums together with the Space Generation Fusion Forum website regularly for latest news and updates.

You can also join the SGAC Fusion Forum Facebook Group or follow the #SGFF2016

If you have any questions, feel free to email Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..


  • Delegate Handbook: Our delegate handbook is available for download in PDF. Please use this document as a reference for important information throughout the event [Download PDF - 5.5 MB]

Space Generation Fusion Forum will be held at the Broadmoor Cheyenne Lodge from 9am-5pm on April 10 and 9am-12pm on April 11, 2016

This year’s Space Generation Fusion Forum will include interactive discussion-based activities. On Sunday, April 10, 2016 delegates will participate in Round Robin Discussion Tracks. On Monday, April 11, 2016 delegates will interact with mentors in an interactive, career discussion. Information on both activities is below:


Round Robin Discussion Track

Four current topic areas. Four industry leaders. Four deep dive discussions. This year’s Space Generation Fusion Forum is shaking things up with the Round Robin: a discussion format that will allow all delegates to have an opportunity to speak directly with an industry mentor and contribute to the dialogue of the Forum.

From four space industry topic areas, delegates will be divided equally into corresponding groups based on their preferences. Each group will be led by an industry mentor who can spur conversation and contribute insight. When these deep dives are complete, delegates from all groups will be mixed together and divided back up into new groups to share what they have learned.


Round 1: Mentor Introductions (45 min)

Meet our mentors: four leaders in their fields who have a strong connection to each of their assigned topic areas. Each mentor will make a brief introduction, and this will be followed by time for Q&A from the whole group of delegates.


Round 2: Mentor Deep Dive Discussions (60 min)

Each delegate will know prior to arriving at the Space Generation Fusion Forum which of the four groups he or she has been assigned to. At this time, the industry mentors will lead their respective groups of delegates to different sections of the room to hold deep dive discussions centered around their unique topic areas. All delegates will be given the opportunity to ask questions and contribute ideas.   


Round 3: Delegate Interactive Sessions (45 min)

Following the deep dive discussions, all delegates will be brought together and divided up into four new preassigned groups. Each new group will contain representative delegates from all of the ROUND 2 topic areas. Here, delegates will get a taste of the conversation that took place in each of the deep dives and have the opportunity to ask questions.


Round Robin Talking Points

Human Spaceflight

  • Not many in the space community dispute that we should explore, but many dispute how we should explore. What path should human exploration take in the next decade?
  • In the next decade there will be multiple commercial avenues to send humans to LEO, how will this change the industry and where will the greatest profits be made?
  • What are the top three technical barriers to going to Mars, and where do you think the solutions for these barriers will be found?


National Security

  • How does the growing space capabilities of industrialising nations' space programs change national policies of countries that currently have established space programs?
  • What is the number one threat to space assets today?
  • How in the next decade will space be used differently than it is today for national security purposes?



  • What is the most important science mission that the world's space agencies could embark on in the next decade? Should efforts be focused on Mars, other planets, exoplanets, or something else?
  • What technical capabilities need to be developed to discover life on another planet?
  • Small satellites, or cubesats, have become more and more popular in universities - what is the most surprising science you have heard of on a cubesat and what science can be done on a small platform that has not been done to date? 


Space Entrepreneurship

  • There has been an influx of private capital into the space industry in the last decade, where is the return on investment for these investors?
  • The aerospace industry has historically followed a cyclic trend, how will space startups survive when the industry is in a lull?
  • What niches in will grow, and what parts of the industry will shrink in the next 5 years?


Career Session Description

The career session on Monday, 11th April morning will feature mentors in the aerospace industry telling their story/path. The career session will be one hour long and split into two segments: 30 minutes of lightning style presentations from the featured speakers followed by 30 minutes of questions from the delegates for the panel of featured speakers. In the first segment, the speakers will be given 5 minutes each to discuss their role in their organisation and their career ‘story.’ The second segment will be a question and answer session with the delegates. 


About the Fusion Forum


SGAC’s Fusion Forum (SGFF) is a two-day event immediately preceding The Space Foundation’s Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Held in partnership with the main Symposium, this event brings together international perspectives of a select group of 50 university students and young professionals from across the world to discuss the important and pressing issues for the space sector. 

The Forum is an intellectual exchange between the delegates and senior leaders in the space sector. Exceptional international delegates are supported through the Global Grants Program to ensure diversity of ideas and discussions amongst participants. Attendees come from a variety of space-related fields such as aerospace medicine, space law, space policy, engineering, and space science. 

Senior space sector mentors are invited to attend as speakers and moderators representing industry, academia and U.S. and international government entities. 


For more information on the forum, email SGFF16 Forum Manager Samantha Marquart Brainard at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..


Applications to the 2016 Space Generation Fusion Forum are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

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