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Operationally Responsive Space — Hot Topic Panel at 24th National Space Symposium

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 21, 2008) — The space industry’s premier annual gathering of the global space community, the National Space 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. A special focus panel on Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) at the 24th National Space Symposium will feature top space industry executives and government officials. This panel is one of a series bridging the symposium with the global security conference, Strategic Space and Defense, conducted annually by the Space Foundation and partner, Space News in Omaha, Neb. The panel will take place at 3:45 p.m. on April 8, during the symposium, which is scheduled April 7-10 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Lt. Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, commander 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic-Space), Air Force Space Command, and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, United States Strategic Command, will lead the panel which features Mr. Richard F. Ambrose, vice president & general manager, Surveillance and Navigation Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company; Brig. Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF, director of plans & requirements, Air Force Space Command; and Ms. Gwynne Shotwell, vice president, business development, SpaceX.

The focus of the panel is the status and evolution of ORS. Panelists will address the impact of recent developments such as the establishment of the ORS office as well as the continually shifting definition of this highly debated subject.

In addition to this outstanding panel, the 24th National Space Symposium is packed with featured speeches and other timely panel discussions by the most senior government officials and industry leaders in space. More than 7,500 participants from across the United States and many foreign countries are expected to attend. Participants, who represent both the history and future of this $220 billion industry, include 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 24th National Space Symposium include an extensive exhibit center representing more than 140 organizations and companies co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin; a spectacular Opening Ceremony, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; Opening Reception, co-sponsored by ATK; Opening Night Fireworks and Late-night Reception, co-sponsored by Raytheon; the Corporate Partnership Dinner, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the presentation of the Space Foundation’s highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, at a luncheon co-sponsored by Boeing; the Space Technology Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Axiom Worldwide, and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, co-sponsored by Space Florida.

Additional co-sponsors of the symposium are AMERICOM Government Services, Analytical Graphics, Inc., BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, CSP Associates, Harris Corporation, Hitachi Consulting, Honeywell, Infinite Links, Intelsat General, ITT, Perot Systems Government Services, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, SEAKR Engineering, Inc., Stellar Solutions, and United Launch Alliance. Media partners for the 24th National Space Symposium are Aviation Week, Space News, and Via Satellite. Frontier Airlines is the official airline of the conference.

Online registration and more information, including an updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, and exhibitor list, are available at

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Space Foundation is an international nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity.  A leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom, the Space Foundation is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.  It conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office, and has field representatives in Houston and Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation also conducts Strategic Space and Defense 2008, scheduled 6-8 October in Omaha, Neb.  For more information, visit