For the first time, NASA is allowing public access to its Innovation Expo, to be held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Oct. 16 and 17. Guests can discover what it takes to foster innovative ideas during the expo, which features: a series of inspiring presentations by space experts from around the country, a prototype of the cutting-edge Robonaut assisting astronauts on the International Space Station, and a showcase of NASA’s six campaigns currently in motion.
Those campaigns that are currently ongoing include the following:
- Earth Right Now: Your planet is changing. We’re on it.
- International Space Station: Off the Earth, for the Earth.
- Mars: Join us on the journey.
- Technology: Technology drives exploration.
- Aeronautics: NASA is with you when you fly.
- Solar System and Beyond: We’re out there.
The Innovation Expo will comprise more than 33 exhibits and companies, including models of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, an inflatable planetarium, NASA Aeronautics, Ground Systems Development & Operations, Canaveral National Seashore, Swamp Works, United Launch Alliance, Sierra Nevada, International Space Station, The Boeing Company, Maven, Glass Wall and many more.
Throughout both days, guests have the opportunity to chat with the best and brightest from NASA, including specialists Dr. Weiping Yu, Clara Wright, William Little, Jeff Wolfe, Griffin Lunn, Caley Burke, Jackie Quinn and Luke Roberson.
Several other space experts will appear at NASA Central during the expo, including:
- Astronaut Nicole Stott
- Alex Menzies, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Kunal Patel, Orlando Indie Galactic Space Jam
- Phil Metzger, planetary physicist
- Sarita Shah, innovation/creativity/strategy consulting
- Dr. Abram Walton, Florida Institute of Technology professor of management and innovation
- Chad Brown, NASA Kennedy Space Center
- Johnny Bohmer, founder of Performance Power
NASA’s Innovation Expo is included in daily admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.