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Space Business Forum: New York Panel to Address Where Dollars Flow for Space

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May. 20, 2009) — Although the largest segment of the global space economy is the commercial sector, government acquisition programs play a determining role in the overall performance of the space economy.

A panel comprising high-level representatives from four of the largest purchasers of space equipment and services will talk about their practices, challenges, and outlooks for the future at Space Business Forum: New York, June 4 at the New York Hilton in New York City.

Presented by the Space Foundation in association with Toffler Associates, Space Business Forum: New York will examine the financial outlook and opportunities in the $257 billion space industry – including those presented through government acquisition – in a setting that encourages discussion among financial analysts, investment bankers, institutional advisors, venture capitalists, insurers, and space industry leaders.

Moderated by Kenneth Gordon, president and chief executive officer of Antelum Capital Partners, LLC, the panel comprises:
• Ken Davidian, EFP program lead, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Commercial Space Transportation
• Alan Ladwig, senior advisor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters
• Gary E. Payton, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space programs
• Maureen Wylie, chief financial officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

This panel will reprise one of the most popular agenda topics at last year’s Space Business Forum: New York, looking ahead at which space business opportunities will command the attention and shape future business opportunities for the traditional aerospace sector.

To see additional Forum information, including the agenda, speakers, speaker biographies, and registration and accommodation information, go to

All attendees will receive a free copy of the Space Foundation’s The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, courtesy of Forum co-sponsor Lockheed Martin. Many of the findings published in The Space Report 2009 will be used to frame agenda discussions at the Forum. More information on The Space Report 2009 can be found at

AVIATION WEEK is the official media partner for the event. Lockheed Martin and ISDR Consulting are co-sponsors.

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. An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry ( The Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events. In addition to Space Business Forum: New York, the Space Foundation along with partnering organizations will sponsor an event with USSTRATCOM in Omaha, Neb., this fall, and the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, April 12-15, 2010. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Space Foundation 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. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: SpaceFoundation.