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D.C. and government show strong support for Florida Space 2005

11/02/2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2005) -- Although the focus at Florida Space 2005 is on the local space economy, many leaders from Washington, D.C., and government are strongly supporting the conference. Florida Space 2005 takes place Nov. 15-17 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and intends to draw participants from throughout Florida’s diverse space community and from the space sector nationwide to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Florida space industry. D.C. and government leaders who will participate at Florida Space 2005 as speakers include Dr. Michael Griffin, administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, under secretary of the Air Force; Mr. Bretton S. Alexander, vice president, Government Relations, Transformational Space Corporation LLC; Mr. Lee F. Arnold, general counsel, Office of Congressman Tom Feeney; Mr. Brian Chase, assistant administrator for Legislative Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Mr. Lon Rains, vice president, Editorial, Imaginova Corp. and editor, Space News; and Patricia Grace 'Patti' Smith, associate administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration. Highlights of the conference include the opening ceremony featuring jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, opening reception, and opening fireworks; innovative, timely panels; keynote luncheons with Dr. Griffin and Gen Lance W. Lord, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command; a featured speech from The Honorable Toni Jennings, lieutenant governor of Florida; and the closing reception and dinner featuring Dr. Sega. Key sponsors of Florida Space 2005 are Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, co-sponsor of the Opening Ceremony and Reception; United Space Alliance, co-sponsor of the Opening Night Fireworks; Space Gateway Support, co-sponsor of the Wednesday Opening Luncheon; the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and Space Coast Office of Tourism, co-sponsors of the Wednesday Happy Hour; The Boeing Co., co-sponsor of the Thursday Keynote Luncheon; L-3 Communications, co-sponsor of the Thursday Cocktail Reception; and Lockheed Martin, co-sponsor of the Florida Space Gala Dinner. Additional sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), ATK Thiokol, Delaware North Parks Services, and Perot Systems. Florida Space 2005 is conducted by the Space Foundation in association with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing, Florida Space Authority, and The Canaveral Council of Technical Societies. It builds on the best features of Space Congress and the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Symposium, both long-time community space events now retired, and whose heritage will be honored at this inaugural event.

About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, 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 Florida Space 2005, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, the National Space Symposium, April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and Strategic Space, 10-12 Oct. 2006 in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.

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