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Space Industry Overview from Top Executives at 25th National Space Symposium

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2009) — Top Space executives from the across the industry will gather for the featured panel Today’s Top Space Companies Look at the Next Space Age during the 25th National Space Symposium. These leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities coming in The Next Space Age of the $251 billion space industry.

This featured panel is part of a dynamite program line-up at the 25th National Space Symposium, scheduled to take place at The Broadmoor Hotel, March 30-April 2, 2009. The Symposium, the premier gathering of the global space community, draws leaders from all sectors of space to detail, discuss, and dream about the future of space.

The industry panel is particularly salient this year because of the dramatic increase in commercial non-government space enterprise. Although government still wields significant influence, more than 70 percent of the global space economy is commercial, ranging from manufacturing to private launch services to personal spaceflight to products that touch our everyday lives, such as GPS applications.

Today’s Top Space Companies Look at the Next Space Age will be moderated by Warren Ferster, editor, Space News. Its featured panelists include:

  • Francois Auque, chief executive officer, EADS-Astrium
  • David M. DiCarlo, Ph.D., sector vice president and general manager, Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Jon C. Jones, vice president, Raytheon Company, and president, Space and Airborne Systems
  • Roger Krone, president, IDS Network & Space Systems, Boeing Company
  • Joanne M. Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

These industry leaders will discuss their perspectives on the one of the most dynamic and innovative sectors for the global economy.

Presented by the Space Foundation, the 25th National Space Symposium brings together all sectors of space – civil, commercial, national security, new space entrepreneurship, and finance – to highlight accomplishments and address opportunities and issues facing the global space community today. With its theme The Next Space Age, this year’s program focuses on major shifts in the economies, philosophies, and mechanics of the global space industry.

The symposium offers workshops, forums, panels and presentations covering all aspects of space. It includes extensive programs for selected teachers and students, a space technology career fair, and the Boeing Exhibit Centers representing more than 140 organizations and companies.

More than 7,500 registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and media representatives from around the world are expected to attend the 25th National Space Symposium. Participants come from civil space and government agencies, including NASA and NOAA; the aerospace, commercial space and satellite broadcasting industries; the Department of Defense and military space commands; entrepreneurial space ventures; and universities and academia. Together, they represent the future and history of the $251 billion space industry.

Co-sponsors of the symposium include The Aerospace Corporation, Aerojet, a.i. solutions, Analytical Graphics, Inc, ATK, ARES Corporation, ASRC Federal, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boeing, Cisco Systems, Inc., Cobham, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Hitachi Consulting, Infinite Links, Intelsat General Corporation, International Space University, ITT, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, The Mitre Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Raytheon, Regis University, SAIC, SEAKR Engineering, Inc., SERCO, Stellar Solutions, United Launch Alliance, United Space Alliance, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Webster University. Media partners are Aviation Week, Space News, and Via Satellite.

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, 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. In addition to the 25th National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation, along with partnering organizations, will also conduct Space Business Forum: New York on June 4, 2009, in New York, N.Y., and Strategic Space and Defense 2009 from Oct. 6 – 8, 2009, in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit