Space is booming. Learn to lead in the new space economy. An increasing number of commercial startups and emerging entrepreneurs are building their business models around products or services for space markets. From NASA’s budget expanding for the first time in decades to the establishment of the United States Space Force, the space sector is boldly making new commitments to the final frontier.

Thunderbird’s executive certificate in Space Leadership, Business, and Policy, features powerful guest speakers, valuable learning materials and more. Taught by globally recognized space leaders and distinguished academic faculty, participants will learn from experts and practitioners how to discover growth opportunities in the space industry.

The location in Washington, D.C. takes place at the ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center in downtown D.C. Conveniently located on 18th and I (eye) Streets Northwest, the Center is within walking distance of the White House, State Department and across the street from the Farragut West metro stop. 



Registration Information

Certificate Location Dates Type Cost Register
Space Leadership, Business and Policy Washington, D.C. October 7-11, 2024 Executive Certificate $6,500 Register

Group discounts

We are able to offer group discounts for companies/organizations that would like to register multiple people to participate in this executive certificate program. For parties of three registrants you will receive a 15% discount, for parties of four registrants you will receive a 30% discount, and for parties of five registrants or more you will receive a 40% discount. To obtain the discount code, please email vswamin4@thunderbird.asu.edu

Learning outcomes

  • Explore the space economy including terminology, sectors, history, future opportunities and risks.
  • Apply and adapt entrepreneurial models and financing, explore related industries, analyze investment opportunists.


  • Identify the challenges and opportunities space brings to the environment and explore sustainable space solutions.
  • Define space policy and leadership skills in the context of national security and economic development.

Who should attend?

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Business, government, and economic development leaders and executives

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Investors, venture capitalists, private equity participants

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Financial planners, family office managers


  • Introduction to space
  • Space technology and the space economy
  • Global leadership in space
  • Space effects and industry analysis
  • Space and sustainability
  • Global assets, data and systems
  • Space business opportunists, models, financing and investment


Thunderbird Clinical Professor Greg Autry

Greg Autry

Clinical Professor (FSC) and Director of the Thunderbird Initiative for Space Leadership, Policy, and Business

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