American Public University System and Policy Studies Organization to Host Second Annual Space Education and Strategic Applications Conference September 23-24



Space experts to share their research and discoveries in a free two-day virtual event

CITY OF CHARLES, W.Va., August 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In an effort to bring together leaders, innovators and decision makers from all areas of the space community, American public university system (APUS) and the Organization of political studies (PSO) host the second annual Space Education and Strategic Applications (SESA) conference on September 23 and September 24. The virtual event – titled “SESA: Focusing the Telescope” – offers numerous orientation sessions, presentations, workshops and panel discussions focused on the latest developments in space exploration, education and entrepreneurship.

The American Public University System and Policy Studies Organization will virtually host the second annual Space Education and Strategic Applications conference on September 23-24. You can register to attend.

It is open to the public and individuals can register to attend. here free. The preliminary agenda can be seen here.

Notable speakers include NASA Astronaut Colonel Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot an American spacecraft with the Discovery flight in 1995, and Robert durbin, president of Pioneer Astronautics, specializing in aerospace research and development. Additional speakers will be announced here before the event. Other speakers include:

  • Robert bell, Executive Director, Space & Satellite Professionals International;

  • Angie bukley, Senior Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, and former Dean and Vice President for Academics and Research at International Space University;

  • Kelvin Coleman, Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, Commercial Space Transportation;

  • Stevenson Demorcy, CEO and Founder of STEAMedDrones;

  • Therese Jones, Senior Policy Director, Satellite Industry Association;

  • Randa milliron, CEO and Co-Founder, Interorbital Systems.

The conference will cover a range of business and military topics – including space law and education, diversity in STEM, space security, and closing the gender gap in aerospace. The presentations will generate in-depth conversations on issues related to military and civilian space at the intersection of science, technology and politics. These discussions come at a time when education and space operations are increasingly important, in part due to the recent Pentagon report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) and the continued growth of the US Space Force, both of which have sparked increased interest in this area.

“As the commercial, tourism and military space sectors grow, we will continue to advance the dialogue on space education with our second annual space conference,” said Dr. Vernon C. Smith, APUS provost. “The conversations will certainly enrich space studies and identify policies and practices to meet the emerging educational needs of APUS students, academics and space professionals.”

APUS, through American Military University and American Public University, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Space Studies to meet growing demand. space professionals in the military, public and private sectors. For example, APUS offers hands-on experience through a University observatory located on the APUS Charles Town, West Virginia Campus. The University Observatory has one of the largest telescopes in the region – a fully remote-controlled 650-pound reflective telescope, fitted with a highly sophisticated digital camera to enable innovative research and exploration under the program.

In addition, through the APUS Space Studies Center (CSS), the faculty works with students to support the development of a workforce that meets the growing needs of the space sector – while coordinating educational research and scholarly publishing activities related to space across the university. APUS also publishes a quarterly Journal of space education and strategic applications, in collaboration with PSO, to organize ideas. Speakers can submit manuscripts of their presentations for potential publication in the journal, before or after the conference.

Policy Studies Organization (the co-organizer of the event) is a non-profit organization that sponsors conferences, publishes academic journals, and produces programs that disseminate scholarships and information in the service of those who develop and evaluate policy. .

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About the American public university system
American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time OLC Effective Practice Award recipient, offers over 200 degree and certificate programs in online through American Military University, the # 1 provider of higher education to the U.S. military and veterans *, and American Public University. Approximately 110,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS’s accessible and relevant curriculum and flexible online delivery model. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information visit

* Based on Department of Defense tuition assistance for fiscal year 2019 and Veterans Administration student enrollment data as reported by Military Times, 2020.

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