About Space Congress®

What is Space Congress®?

Space Congress® provides a forum for presentation of technical papers, provides exposure to eminent speakers, and holds distinguished panel sessions in the aerospace and allied disciplines. It forges a bond between the member societies in support for the interchange of technical, scientific, and engineering information that benefits engineers, scientists, educators, students and other professionals on the Space Coast.


The Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) was formed in 1959 to coordinate better communication and interface among the many technical societies in the Cape Canaveral area. This led to the establishment of an annual technical conference now known as Space Congress. CCTS’ first technical symposium took place in Daytona Beach on October 26–28, 1962 and was called the Canaveral Council Fall Conference. The program consisted of a get-acquainted party on Friday; technical addresses and technical workshops, a luau, a conference summary, and family activities on Saturday; and a golf tournament and fashion show on Sunday.

Two years later, the CCTS held the first event called Space Congress in Cocoa Beach, Florida on April 20–22, 1964, with the theme, “Where Are We Going in Space?” Thirty-one papers were presented and three luncheon speakers, an opening speaker, and keynote speaker addressed the assemblage. Eighteen organizations from industry, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force contributed exhibits. The proceedings were published.

Since 1964, all CCTS Space Congresses have been held in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Past Space Congress Proceedings

Below is a link to the digitized archive for Space Congress back proceedings available for download by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and provided with their approval by the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies.