World Space Week 2020 reached surprising levels considering the constraints of the COVID pandemic. World Space Week Association announced that there were 6,109 events in 91 countries celebrating WSW, October 4-10, 2020, and its theme “Satellites Improve Life.”
Virtual celebration was the key, with over 200,000,000 individual Twitter impressions and a myriad of creative virtual events such as webinars, webcasts, and Zoom meetings reported that week.
“The many virtual events of WSW 2020 gave the global space community a needed opportunity to connect and interact during this pandemic year,” said WSW Association President Dennis Stone.
“The imaginative events that we saw truly underscored the relevance of satellites, as satellite-empowered communications enabled many World Space Week 2020 events,” said Association Executive Director Maruška Strah.
The Association has released an executive summary of its 2020 Annual Report, available here: WSWA Annual Report 2020, Executive Summary. A more detailed report is in preparation.
Keeping with the satellites theme, World Space Week 2020’s Honorary Chair was Steve Collar, CEO of SES. Collar led a record-breaking fund-raising campaign for the Association.
In 2021, the Honorary Chair is Lisa Callahan, VP and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin. The theme of WSW 2021 will be “Women in Space.”