SPRINGFIELD, Va. – Oct. 10, 2018 – The American Astronautical Society today announced the formation of the AAS Space Communications Committee, a new group that will seek to advance all space activities by building the skills, networks and capabilities of the space industry’s marketing, communications and public relations professionals. The Committee is now accepting applications for eight open leadership roles until November 5.

Initially, the Committee will focus on providing:

  • Networking opportunities in the form of events connected to industry conferences, online forums and local meetups.
  • Forums to share best practices, such as in-person events and virtual forums like working groups.
  • Training in the form of white papers, case studies, webinars, etc.
  • Career resources including thought leadership, mentoring, a list of open space communications roles and notifications regarding volunteer opportunities.

“AAS has a rich history of supporting the space community and its professionals,” said AAS Executive Director Jim Way. “We’ve formed the Space Communications Committee in service of a rapidly growing group that often shapes the voice of the industry. We look forward to enabling these individuals to exchange best practices and become better connected.”

“For many of us, our commitment to enhancing our skills and sharing our knowledge goes beyond our own professional development; exceptional work is part of our contribution to the industry,” added Acting Committee Chair Ally Abrams. “We’re excited about what we can accomplish as part of an organization like AAS, that shares the goal of advancing all space. ”

Candidates for eight open leadership roles will be selected by the active members of the planning committee:

  • Ally Abrams, Employee Communications, Blue Origin
  • Doug Isbell, Science & Risk Communications, NASA JPL
  • Tabatha Thompson, account director at DARPA, Spire Communications
  • Aaron Lewis, Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace
  • Nancy Reed, Marketing & Creative Services, Space Foundation

For more information visit the AAS Space Communications Committee web page.

About the American Astronautical Society
The American Astronautical Society is the premier network of current and future space professionals dedicated to advancing all space activities. Founded in 1954, the AAS has long been recognized for the excellence of its national meetings, technical meetings, symposia and publications and for their impact on shaping the U.S. space program. Members have opportunities to meet with leaders in their field and in related disciplines, exchange information and ideas, discuss career aspirations and expand their knowledge and expertise.