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Unique education partnership between Space Foundation and American Astronautical Society

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 3, 2003) — George Mason University (GMU) has teamed with the American Astronautical Society and the Space Foundation to offer a short course on “The U.S. Government Space Sector.” Developed by the George Mason University School of Public Policy, Center for Aerospace Policy Research, the course will provide an overview of the departments and agencies, both civil and military, involved with U.S. Government space programs. The two-and-one-half-day course will be held at the GMU School of Public Policy in Arlington, Va., just to the west of Washington, D.C., Oct. 22 to 24, 2003. The course has been developed primarily for people who are just entering the space field civil servants, military and non-government alike who would benefit from a broad-based understanding of the overall extent of the U.S. Government’s involvement in space. The scope of the government space sector, the relationships among departments and agencies and with the non-governmental sector will be explained though a series of lectures and panel sessions. Speakers and panelists have been recruited from the Administration, the Congress, the private sector, academia and the trade media.

The Center for Aerospace Policy Research is a relatively new initiative of GMU’s School of Public Policy. It is developing educational programs and conducting research across a wide range of aerospace activities. The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization, which vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. Its programs include Strategic Space 2003, scheduled 2-4 Sept. 2003, in Omaha, Neb.; Space at the Crossroads, Feb. 18, 2004, in Washington, D.C.; and the 20th National Space Symposium, March 29-April 1,2004, in Colorado Springs, Colo. For more information visit The American Astronautical Society, formed in 1954, is the premier independent scientific and technical group in the United States exclusively dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. Its programs include the AAS National Conference and 50th Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-19, 2003, in Houston, Texas, and the 42nd Goddard Memorial Symposium, March 16-17, 2004, in Greenbelt, Md. For more information visit