Aerostar Sponsorship Will Enhance Programming at the New Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium

July 10, 2023

Sioux Falls, SD — Aerostar, a world leader in the design and manufacture of technical aerospace and defense solutions, has agreed to sponsor programming and create an enhanced experience for visitors of the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium. As programming collaboration begins with Aerostar, the goal will be to provide visitors of all ages with an upgraded opportunity to explore the marvels of the universe and beyond.

“Aerostar is excited to partner with the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium to inspire wonder and awe about our universe. For more than 65 years Aerostar has taken lighter-than-air innovation to all-new heights right here in Sioux Falls, leveraging the most brilliant minds, materials and technology to connect, protect and save lives,” says Jim Nelson, President of Aerostar. “At Aerostar, we believe not even the sky is the limit! This collaboration is one of the ways Aerostar demonstrates our commitment to make a difference in our community and nurture future generations to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.”

Visitors can look forward to more immersive, awe-inspiring programs and experiences including:

  • Stargazing date nights for the couple looking for a unique outing.
  • Live space launch viewings for the curious explorer-at-heart.
  • Thought-provoking discussions on our place in the universe.
  • Opportunities for children and adults alike to learn about space and space exploration.

“We are so grateful for Aerostar’s investment and programming partnership with the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium, and we are excited to see visitors of all ages embark on a new journey of space exploration and more with the reopening later this summer,” says Madelyn Grogan, Director of Education, Programming and Exhibits at the Washington Pavilion. “This collaboration will truly enrich the experience of this longtime favorite feature of the Washington Pavilion.”

The sponsorship agreement is valued at $30,000 over a three-year timeframe, including funding for a launch event in September offering admission to the Wells Fargo CineDome & Sweetman Planetarium, Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center at no cost. Further details on the free admission day will be announced soon!

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About Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. (WPMI)

Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the largest arts organization in the state. The management company oversees and programs two historic City of Sioux Falls facilities: the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science and the Orpheum Theater Center. The company also provides professional management services, including administration, arts, science and educational programming; ticketing; event management; marketing; and more to other arts and nonprofit organizations. For information, please visit

About Aerostar

Aerostar is dedicated to connecting, protecting and saving lives through its work as an Aerospace and Defense provider. Aerostar’s core product offerings include stratospheric platforms, radar, perception sensors, technical services and protective wear. From engineering services to mission planning and support, research and design,

and the development of advanced technical products, Aerostar offers tailored turnkey solutions for a multitude of successful operations. Visit Aerostar for more information.