Space summit to blast off in May in Hartford

Published on Monday, 4 February 2019 20:36
Written by Karla Santos


HARTFORD - The state capital will be the host of an International Trade Space Summit in May with the purpose of bringing the participating countries’ advanced manufacturing, supply chains and information technology companies to the global space sector.

The event will take place from May 19 to May 21 at the downtown Marriott and include a reception at the Connecticut Science Center. The International Trade Space Summit is being co-organized by the Connecticut District Export Council and the United States Department of Commerce.

Part of the goal of the event is to explain to participating companies the opportunities and capabilities needed now and in the future, to be in the global space sector.

Businesses will be provided with a better understanding of the space sector in the ‘Five Eyes’ allied countries which are United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. Companies will be introduced to the space agencies, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and supply chain Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in those countries. About 300 people are expected to attend the summit.

“We have commitments from a number of space agencies and commercial space primes to participate,” Anne Evans, director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, said.

Local companies will have an opportunity to meet the bigger companies and government agencies in five countries that are purchasing space components. 

 Evans said there are various reasons why the summit is being held in Connecticut.

“Connecticut is the center of the advanced manufacturing universe and a major source of aerospace components,” Evans said. “Space components require the same advanced manufacturing and innovation as aerospace components.  There are a number of component manufacturers in our state that already supply space equipment. We also have a world-class university, the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering, and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.   Why not Connecticut?  Who has anything better than us?  We, historically with United Technologies Corporation and Rockwell Collins Aerospace Company, have been supporting space programs since the beginning.”

Connecticut has been the host to four international aerospace and defense summits in throughout the past six years with companies and government procurement officials from 18 countries. In September, there was an event specific to Australia with about 200 people and 40 Australian companies.

“UTC has been a major sponsor of all our summits and gives enormous support to us in organizing and delivering these events to our region’s companies,” Evans said.

To learn more about the International Trade Space Summit visit .

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, General Business, General News, Manufacturing on Monday, 4 February 2019 20:36. Updated: Monday, 4 February 2019 20:38.