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SES CEO Steve Collar Encourages Industry to Celebrate World Space Week

SES CEO Steve Collar Encourages Industry to Celebrate World Space Week

(Washington, 11 March) – SES CEO Steve Collar today encouraged the satellite industry to celebrate World Space Week, October 4-10.  In remarks at Satellite 2020 in Washington, Collar said, “World Space Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate, to be proud of everything we do together, be amazed at the potential of space, and to excite kids and folks around the world who aren’t part of our space community.”

Collar is Honorary Chair of World Space Week 2020 with “Satellites Improve Life” as its theme.  He said the goal is for 10,000 events to be held that week.  Collar said SES will hold events in several countries and asked colleagues to do likewise.  Last year, World Space Week surpassed 8,000 events in 96 countries.

Collar thanked top industry supporters of World Space Week Association, which coordinates the event globally.  He presented awards to Thales Alenia CEO Hervé Derrey, ULA CEO Tory Bruno, Northrop Grumman Sector VP Frank DeMauro, Lockheed Martin Director Erik Daehler, and Astrax CEO Taichi Yamazaki.  He also recognized Elon Musk for support through the Musk Foundation.

“What an amazing industry we work in.  What an amazing potential we have to affect everyone’s lives on the planet,” Collar said.

The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is organized by thousands of organizations including space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, and grassroots organizations.  

“World Space Week events stimulate public understanding of space activities and use space to inspire youth in STEM,” said Executive Director Maruška Strah.  In 2021, World Space Week will celebrate Women in Space, she said.

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About World Space Week

The largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually.  World Space Week consists of a myriad of space-related activities held by space agencies, aerospace industry, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common time frame to achieve greater student and public impact through synchronization.  In 2019, World Space Week was celebrated with over 8,000 events in 96 nations.

About World Space Week Association

World Space Week Association is the global coordinator of World Space Week. An international, non-government, non-profit organization led by volunteers, the Association is a permanent observer on the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is supported by voluntary contributions of sponsors around the world such as Lockheed Martin and SES.  Further information is available at


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