21st National Space Symposium excitement builds as exhibit center becomes largest in event history
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 13, 2005) -- The Space Foundation announced today that the 34,000-square-foot Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Exhibit Center will be the largest in the 21-year history of the National Space Symposium, which takes place April 4-7, 2005, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The symposium, hosted by the Space Foundation, is the premier annual space industry conference, and the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Exhibit Center will be a highlight of the event. "We sold out the exhibit center two months earlier than last year," said Chuck Zimkas, chief operating officer for the Space Foundation. "The 2005 exhibit center is almost nine percent larger than in 2004. We sold out 30,000 square feet in September and had to expand the facility another 4,000 square feet to accommodate additional exhibitors." Space-related organizations from around the world have contracted to place more than 120 exhibits in the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Exhibit Center. For a complete list of exhibitors or more information on exhibiting, visit www.spacesymposium.org. More than 6,500 space professionals are expected to participate in the 21st National Space Symposium. The event draws the most senior executive leadership from NASA and other space agencies, the commercial space and satellite broadcasting industry, research universities and academia, space tourism concerns, the Department of Defense, military space commands and the global space industry. The symposium kicks off on Monday, April 4, with a spectacular opening ceremony, co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; opening night reception, co-sponsored by ITT Industries; and opening night dessert reception and fireworks, co-sponsored by General Dynamics. Sponsorship highlights include: the exhibit center, co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; media center, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin; corporate partnership dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; corporate partnership reception, co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award luncheon, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Awards dinner, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman. Additional sponsors include: Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK Thiokol, Cisco Systems, EcoQuest International, Florida Space Authority, Harris Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace, Infinite Links, Inmarsat, SPACE.com, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceVest, Stellar Solutions, and Swales Aerospace. For complete conference details and online registration, visit www.spacesymposium.org or call the Space Foundation toll-free in the United States and Canada at (800) 691-4000. About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Space at the Crossroads, scheduled May 18, 2005, in Washington, D.C., and Strategic Space 2005, scheduled Oct. 4-6, 2005, in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit www.spacefoundation.org.