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A New Generation Makes its Mark on The Next Space Age

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 5, 2009) — Who will lead us into The Next Space Age? The Space Foundation is answering that question by increasing focus on “new generation space leaders” at the upcoming 25th National Space Symposium March 30 – April 2 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A select group of up-and-coming space leaders will attend the conference to mingle with and learn from the distinguished and highly experienced slate of speakers and attendees – and to make connections with other “new generation” attendees at a reception, co-sponsored by International Space University, specifically for under-35 pioneers, innovators, inventors and engineers.

The symposium audience will hear from a panel representing commercial, civil, military and new space entrepreneurs who will lead the next wave of space exploration and development. “A New Generation for The Next Space Age” will be moderated by Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, executive officer, Space Generation Advisory Council. Panelists include:

  • Paul Engola, director, West Coast Operations, Sensing & Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Nicole Jordan, manager, Rocket Operations, X Prize Foundation
  • Capt. Genevieve Minzyk, USAF, executive officer, 50th Space Wing,
  • Brooke Owens, space industry analyst, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

The 25th National Space Symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space community, 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. Themed The Next Space Age, this year’s program looks at 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, a number of special dinners and luncheons and presentation of several prestigious space-related awards.

The symposium also includes extensive programs for selected teachers and students, a Space 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.

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