Leader of Japanese space program to address 22nd National Space Symposium
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 14, 2006) -- The Space Foundation confirmed today that Mr. Kaoru Mamiya, vice president, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be a featured speaker at the 22nd National Space Symposium. He will address symposium attendees Thursday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. The 22nd National Space Symposium takes places April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Mamiya was appointed the vice president of the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in August 2003 and became the vice president of JAXA in October 2003 when NASDA, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) were merged to create JAXA. Mamiya contributed to the integration of the three space agencies and led the development of JAXA's long-term strategy. Prior to his current position, he was the deputy minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and previously worked at the Science and Technology Agency (STA). JAXA is a partner in the construction of the International Space Station and provides an experiment module called Kibo. Additionally, five JAXA astronauts Dr. Mamoru Mohri, Dr. Chiaki Mukai, Dr. Takao Doi, Dr. Koichi Wakata, and Soichi Noguchi have flown aboard space shuttle missions. The 22nd National Space Symposium is the premier annual space industry conference and draws senior leaders from civil, commercial, and national security space organizations to participate as speakers, panelists, exhibitors, and attendees. Additional confirmed speakers include U.S. Representatives The Honorable Ken Calvert, The Honorable Thomas Feeney, and The Honorable Mark Udall; The Honorable Maria Cino, deputy secretary, United States Department of Transportation; The Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin, administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, under secretary of the Air Force; The Honorable Shana L. Dale, deputy administrator, NASA; Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command; Lt Gen C. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; and Mr. LUO Ge, vice administrator, China National Space Administration (CNSA). The 22nd National Space Symposium begins April 3 with the opening ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman, the opening night reception, co-sponsored by ITT, and the opening night fireworks and dessert reception, co-sponsored by General Dynamics. Other highlights of the conference include the Corporate Partnership reception, co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; the Corporate Partnership dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award luncheon, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; the Space Technology Hall of Fame reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner, co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; and the largest ever Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center. Additional co-sponsors include AirLaunch, LLC, Analytical Graphics, Inc., ASRC Federal, ATK, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Florida Space Authority, Harris Corporation, Inmarsat, Integral Systems, MTC Technologies, The New York Times, Nortel Government Solutions, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceVest, Spherical Magic, Stellar Solutions, and Swales Aerospace. An updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, exhibitor list, complete list of sponsors, and secure registration can be found online at www.NationalSpaceSymposium.org. 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 the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Inside Aerospace, April 24-25, 2006; Strategic Space and Defense, 10-12 Oct. 2006, in Omaha, Neb.; and Florida Space, Dec. 5-7, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.