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Thursday's Space Business Forum: New York Features Speakers, Panelists from Broad Spectrum of Space Businesses

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jun. 2, 2009) — This week’s Space Business Forum: New York, presented by the Space Foundation in association with Toffler Associates, features a diverse roster of space business experts talking about the $257 billion space economy and its outlook for the future.

The June 4 event at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City will take onsite registrants starting at 8:00 a.m. for a day of in-depth discussion among space industry leaders and financial analysts, investment bankers, institutional advisors, venture capitalists, insurers, and others from the financial community.

The slate of high-level space and financial experts includes (click on links for biographies):

Master Moderators Hoyt Davidson, managing member, Near Earth, LLC, and Lon Levin, president, SkySeven Ventures

Opening Keynote Speaker Tom Henricks, president, AVIATION WEEK

Sector Performance, Trends, and Expectations Moderator Anita Antenucci, managing director, Houlihan Lokey; Panelists Andrew Africk, senior partner, Apollo Advisors, and Heidi Wood, managing director and senior equity analyst for aerospace, defense and defense electronics, Morgan Stanley

Space as an Element of Economic Infrastructure Moderator Steven Kenney, partner, Toffler Associates; Panelists Edward M. Morris, executive director of strategic business development, ITT Space Systems, and Richard J. Sanford, director and chief strategist, Global Government Solutions Group, Cisco

Featured Speaker Thomas B. Pickens, III, president and chief executive officer, Astrotech Corporation

New Space Comes of Age Moderator Joe Fuller, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Futron Corporation; Panelists Andrew Nelson, president, chief operating officer, XCOR Aerospace, Inc., Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief executive officer, SpaceX, and Patricia Grace Smith, former Federal Aviation Administration associate administrator for Commercial Space Transportation and consultant, Virgin Galactic

The Business of Space Tourism SpeakersEric C. Anderson, co-founder, president and chief executive officer, Space Adventures, and Richard Garriott, private space traveler

View from the Publically Traded Featured Speaker John Higginbotham, chief executive officer, Integral Systems

Government Acquisition – Where Are Dollars Flowing for Space? Moderator Kenneth Gordon, president and chief executive officer, Antelum Capital Partners, LLC; Panelists Ken Davidian, EFP program lead, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Alan Ladwig, senior advisor, NASA Headquarters, Gary E. Payton, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs, and Maureen E. Wylie, chief financial officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

To see additional Forum information, go The registration fee is $795; media registration is complimentary.

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.

AVIATION WEEK is the official media partner for the event. In addition to Toffler Associates, Lockheed Martin, Near Earth, LLC, ISDR Consulting, Braxton Technologies, LLC, and GMV Space Systems Inc. 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 (for Space Business Forum: New York, #sbfny).