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Converged Media Through Space Panel Focus at Space Business Forum: New York

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May. 29, 2008) — Business and investment opportunities enabled by space and space-based assets across the spectrum of new and emerging media forms will be the focus of a panel at the upcoming Space Business Forum: New York.  “Converged Media- A Natural for Space,” will bring together senior officials from companies whose cutting edge media/telecom services are made possible through space technology. The inaugural Space Business Forum: New York is designed for Wall Street analysts, investment bankers, institutional advisors, and high-risk insurers to engage in meaningful dialogue with industry leaders. This one-day, exclusive event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City.

Moderated by Mr. Hoyt Davidson, managing member, Near Earth, LLC, the panel will take place at 3:50 p.m.  Panelists include Mr. Mike Cook, senior vice president, Hughes Network Systems; Mr. Andrew Gregor, vice president business development and treasurer, Sirius Radio; Mr. Stuart Jacob, senior vice president, programming and partnerships, CBS Outernet; and Mr. Matthew M. O’Connell, chief executive officer, president and director, GeoEye.

Other panel topics include “Sector Performance, Trends, and Expectations: Space, Aerospace, Defense, and Defense Electronics,” “Government Acquisitions – Where Space Dollars are Flowing in Aerospace,” “Hedgefunds and Private Equity,” “Climate Change and Green Energy: Meeting the Challenges with Space Technology,” and “On the Record – CEOs and CFOs Talk Business.” Recent additions to previously announced speakers and panelists include Mr. Phillip McAlister, acting director, studies and analysis, Office of Program Assessment and Evaluation, NASA, and Mr. Gary E. Payton, deputy under secretary of the Air Force, United States Air Force Headquarters.

Featured speakers include The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the United States House of Representatives and chairman of the Gingrich Group, Ms. Joanne M. Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, and Francois Auque, chief executive officer, EADS Astrium.
Conference underwriters include Corporate Underwriter Northrop Grumman, and Underwriters Arianespace, ISDR Consulting, SpaceVest, and Wyle. AVIATION WEEK, The BRIDGE Media Group, and The New York Times are the media sponsors.  A full list of confirmed speakers, a preliminary agenda, frequent updates, and online registration are available at Note that seats are limited.

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, Texas and Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation conducts Strategic Space and Defense 2008, from 6-8 October in Omaha, Neb.  The 25th National Space Symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space community, will take place March 30 – April 2, 2009, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  For more information, visit