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Significant Congressional Participation at the 23rd National Space Symposium

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 28, 2007) — The 23rd National Space Symposium – the space industry’s premier conference – will have a significant level of Congressional participation. Two Members of Congress with interests in the space industry will provide featured remarks, and a”Congressional Staff Roundtable” consisting of senior professional space staff will provide key insight from Capitol Hill. These individuals will bring important observations and assessments about issues facing the space industry, from the Congressional perspective. The Symposium annually brings together all sectors of space – civil, commercial, and national security – to discuss the most current and pressing issues facing the space industry. The 23rd National Space Symposium is scheduled for April 9-12, 2007, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

This year, Congress has focused considerable attention on space, holding hearings on issues from the NASA budget and the impact of FY 2007 shortfalls on NASA and the Orion program to the implications of the recent Chinese ASAT test. The Honorable Congressman Ken Calvert, ranking member, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Committee on Science and Technology, United States House of Representatives, will open the program with featured remarks on Tuesday, April 9 at 8:40 a.m. Calvert, who represents California’s 44th Congressional District, is a long-time advocate for both civil and national security space issues.

On Thursday, April 12, The Honorable Doug Lamborn will provide featured remarks at 11:15 a.m. Congressman Lamborn represents the 5th District of Colorado, which includes U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the United States Air Force Academy, and Fort Carson.

The “Congressional Staff Roundtable,” scheduled for 11:30 on Tuesday, April 10 will provide insight into the strengths, concerns, and challenges facing the national security space sector in securing and maintaining funding for current and future projects. Mr. Adam Harris, professional staff member, Majority, House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense, United States House of Representatives; and Mr. Josh Hartman, professional staff member, Minority, House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense, United States House of Representatives, are participating in this discussion.

The Symposium will also feature a by-invitation luncheon in honor of Congressional Members and staff delegations, Maj Gen William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and commander, Joint Functional Component Commander for Space, United States Strategic Command, will speak about national security space from an operational perspective. The luncheon is co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

In addition to this remarkable level of Congressional participation, the 23rd National Space Symposium is packed with featured speeches and other timely panel discussions by the most senior government officials and industry leaders in space. Among the more than 7,000 expected registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and media are the senior executive leadership from NASA, NOAA, and other civil space and government agencies; the commercial space and satellite broadcasting industry; the Department of Defense and military space commands; space entrepreneurs; universities and academia; and senior representatives from the global space industry.

Highlights of the 23rd National Space Symposium also include an extensive exhibit center showcasing more than 140 companies and organizations, co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; a spectacular Opening Ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; Opening Night Reception, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; Opening Night Fireworks and Dessert Reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Corporate Partnership Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Arianespace, Inc.; the Corporate Partnership Dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; the presentation of the Space Foundation’s highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, at a luncheon co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; the Space Technology Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Goodrich Corporation; and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Additional co-sponsors of the symposium are Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), Ares Corporation, Astrotech, ATK, Axiom Worldwide, BAE Systems, BearingPoint, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, CSP Associates, General Dynamics, Honeywell, IAC 2008 Ltd., Infinite Links, ITT, Mannheim Steamroller/Ambience Medical, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Space Florida, Stellar Solutions, Swales Aerospace, and United Launch Alliance. Media partners for the 23rd National Space Symposium are Aviation Week, The New York Times and Space News. Frontier Airlines is the official airline of the conference.

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