News Briefs

04/19/2012
Speaking at the 28th National Space Symposium on April 19, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, chief of staff, United States Air Force, talked about the importance of investing in space assets. "Even with extraordinary budget pressures, we are protecting and, in some cases, increasing investments in our top acquisition priorities, including space systems critical to joint warfighting requirements," he...
04/18/2012
New Generation Space Leaders attending the 28th National Space Symposium learned about space budgets from a panel of experts on April 18. The Exploring the Heavens and Protecting the Warfighter on a Budget panel covered the effect of tightening budgets on both NASA and Department of Defense space activities. Since the challenging budget environment is likely to continue in the...
04/18/2012
The Personal Spaceflight panel, one of the concurrent sessions held on April 18 at the 28th National Space Symposium, industry entrepreneurs and government leaders discussed this growing business. The panel was moderated by Dr. Leroy Chiao, special advisor – human spaceflight, Space Foundation. Key points included:Dr. George C. Nield, associate administrator for commercial space...
04/18/2012
Energy from space is an interesting concept that was explored during a concurrent panel on Wednesday afternoon, April 18, at the 28th National Space Symposium. The Energy and Engineering from Space: Powering the Grid and Markets of the Future panel looked at how space and energy can intersect for a better world. Key panelist points included:Moderator Dr. Ronald M. Sega, vice president and...
04/18/2012
One of the first two of four concurrent sessions held Wednesday afternoon, April 18, at the 28th National Space Symposium was Earth Observations: Linking Environmental, Economic and National Security, moderated by Nancy S.A. Colleton, president, IGES, and executive director, Alliance for Earth Observations. Key comments from panelists included: Dr. Thomas J. Bogdan, president...
04/18/2012
The satellite industry has become such an important part of the space industry and there are so many companies involved that the 28th National Space Symposium fielded two panels on Wednesday morning, April 18, to discuss issues and opportunities. The Satellite Operators and Manufacturers Part 2 panel took up where the Part I panel left off.Key points included:Andrew...
04/18/2012
Two satellite industry panels were held during the 28th National Space Symposium on Wednesday morning, April 18. Both were hosted by Space News Editor Warren Ferster. The Part I covered:David Bernstein, senior vice president - program management, Space Systems/Loral: The commercial satellite business is solid and the marketplace looks good for moderate growth. Even though...
04/18/2012
Featured Speaker Frank A. Rose, deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy, U.S. Department of State, spoke to the 28th National Space Symposium audience about the need for a stronger global code of conduct for space. Citing the increasing congestion in space, he said the international space community needs to adopt "pragmatic and constructive" measures to avoid accidents...
04/18/2012
The Hitching a Ride - All About Hosted Payloads Panel at the 28th National Space Symposium, moderated by Gen. Lance Lord, USAF, Ret., chief executive officer, L2 Aerospace, and co-sponsored by the Hosted Payload Alliance. The panel explored how to make hosted payloads a critical element in the access-to-space strategy. Key points from each panelist include:Lt. Gen. Brian Arnold, USAF, Ret.,...
04/17/2012
New Generation Space Leaders participated in a wide range of special programs and general attendee events at the 28th National Space Symposium. The first targeted workshop, Taking Risk and Creating Opportunities, held on April 17, was moderated by Space Foundation Government Affairs Associate Tommy Sanford and included:Dr. Lance Bush, president and chief...

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