Space Technology Hall of Fame Awards to cap 21st National Space Symposium
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2005) -- Technologies and innovators selected for induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame will be honored during a private induction ceremony and a special awards dinner that will be the capstone event of the 21st National Space Symposium, to be held April 4-7, 2005, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, established the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor innovators who have transformed space technology into commercial products. The purpose of the Hall of Fame program is to increase public awareness of the benefits of space technology and to encourage further innovation. For 2005, a total of 15 advanced technologies representing the best in innovation from U.S. space endeavors have been nominated for induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. A review board, consisting of prominent government and business leaders in the space industry, is evaluating the nominations and will soon announce the technologies and innovators to be inducted. The new Hall-of-Famers will be honored at the 17th Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner on April 7. The awards dinner is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman and will feature Wes Bush, corporate vice president and chief financial officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, as the evening's corporate host. To date, 48 technologies have been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame, recognizing the outstanding contributions space-based technologies make to improving life on Earth. The technologies inducted in 2004 were: LADARVision 4000, MedStar Monitoring System, Multi-Junction (MJ) Space Solar Cells and Precision Global Positioning System (GPS) Software System. These technologies were the result of efforts by NASA centers, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and private industry. More than 6,500 registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors and media are expected to attend the 21st National Space Symposium. Hosted by the Space Foundation, the symposium is the premier annual space industry conference anywhere in the world. Confirmed featured speakers for the symposium include: the Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, director of defense research and engineering for the Department of Defense; Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; Gen. James E. Cartwright, commander of U.S. Strategic Command; and Gen. Lance W. Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command. 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 34,000-square-foot 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 co-sponsors include: Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK Thiokol, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corp., 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, set for May 18, 2005, in Washington, D.C., and Strategic Space 2005, scheduled Oct. 4-6, 2005, in Omaha, Neb. For more information about the Space Foundation, visit www.spacefoundation.org.