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NASA Budget will be Topic at 26th National Space Symposium

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NASA Budget will be Topic at 26th National Space Symposium COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 4, 2010) — President Barack Obama’s NASA budget proposal, which has ignited a firestorm throughout Congress and the space community, will be a major topic of discussion at the upcoming 26th National Space Symposium – both in the networking sessions and on the podium. 

The premier gathering of the global space community, the 26th National Space Symposium will be held April 12-15 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first main program event will be a panel, NASA – The Budget and The Way Ahead, on Tuesday morning, April 13. Then, on the closing day, April 15, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will take the stage as a featured speaker.

The NASA – The Budget and The Way Ahead panel, which will be moderated by Space Foundation Board of Directors Treasurer Lon Levin, will feature speakers with a variety of viewpoints on civil and commercial space:

  • Bretton Alexander, president, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and chair, Commercial Space Committee, NASA Advisory Council
  • Frank DiBello, president and chief executive officer, Space Florida
  • Lori B. Garver, deputy administrator, NASA
  • George C. Nield, Ph.D., associate administrator for commercial space transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Scott Pace, Ph.D., professor of the practice of international affairs and director of the Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

The panel will discuss the implications and potential outcomes of the President’s budget proposal, which set new strategic direction for the nation’s civil space agency. Additional panelists may be added later.

Bolden (pictured above), who will speak at the end of the Symposium, is expected to provide his perspective on the budget debate and his vision for NASA’s future.

“NASA is at perhaps the most significant crossroads in its history. There is incredible debate within – and outside – the industry about how the U.S. should manage, fund, and, we hope, advance our space program,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. “The 26th National Space Symposium is the ideal place to further this discussion. Almost everyone who has a stake in space is there.”

About the 26th National Space Symposium
The 26th National Space Symposium offers workshops, forums, panels, and presentations covering all aspects of space. This includes the Congressional Luncheon; Corporate Partnership Dinner; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award Luncheon; the Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner; and the new Cyber 1.0 event. The Symposium also includes engaging programs for selected teachers and students; the extensive AMERICOM Government Services (AGS) Exhibit Center; and greatly expanded programs for young, up-and-coming “new generation” space professionals.

The National Space Symposium’s top allure to attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers is as a venue for networking and conducting meaningful business. Online registration and more information, including agenda, speakers, and exhibitors, are available at

26th National Space Symposium Sponsors
Sponsors of the 26th National Space Symposium include AGI, AMERICOM Government Services (AGS), ARES Corporation, Astrotech Space Operations, ATK, AVIATION WEEK, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, CEAVCO, Cisco Systems, Inc., Cobham, CSC, Defense Systems, General Dynamics, GMV, IBM, Intelsat General Corporation, International Space University, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Orbital, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Raytheon, SAIC, Space Generation Advisory Council, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceX, Stellar Solutions, and United Space Alliance.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; interested companies should contact [email protected]. To be put on the waiting list for exhibit space, contact [email protected].

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry – civil, commercial, military and intelligence. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, all in support of its mission “to advance 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: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame®  programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, 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, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

Pictured: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden