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Hirofumi Katase Will Represent Japanese Space Program at 27th National Space Symposium

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Hirofumi Katase Will Represent Japanese Space Program at 27th National Space SymposiumCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 20, 2011) — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 20, 2011) — Contributing a perspective on the Japanese space program at the 27th National Space Symposium, will be featured speaker Hirofumi Katase, deputy secretary-general for the Cabinet Secretariat, Secretariat Headquarters for Space Policy, Government of Japan.

The 27th National Space Symposium is the premier gathering of the global space community and will be held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Presented by the Space Foundation, the Symposium offers presentations and panels covering all aspects of space, plus special events and presentation of several prestigious space-related awards.

Online registration and more information, including agenda, speakers and exhibitors, are available at

About Katase
Before serving as the deputy secretary-general, councilor, Cabinet Secretariat for the Secretariat of Headquarters for Space Policy, Japan, Katase was director-general for Trade, Economic Cooperation and International Exhibitions. His other previous positions include: deputy director-general for International Strategy, Trade Policy Bureau; director, Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau; director, Petroleum and Natural Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy; director, Economic Policy Unit, Minister’s Secretariat; and secretary general, Japan Business Council in Europe. Katase earned a law degree from the University of Tokyo and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Other Speakers at the 27th National Space Symposium
Katase joins a slate of high-level industry, military, civil space and academic speakers, including:

  • Craig R. Barrett, Ph.D., education advocate and retired Intel Chief Executive Officer/Chairman
  • Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Gen. Bruce A. Carlson, USAF (Retired), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Director
  • Gen. James Cartwright, USMC, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer
  • Charles Elachi, Ph.D., director of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and vice president of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., who will receive the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award
  • P.J. O’Rourke, best-selling author and political satirist, who is the featured speaker at the Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner

27th National Space Symposium Co-Sponsors
Confirmed co-sponsors of the 27th National Space Symposium include a.i. solutionsAnalytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)ARES CorporationATK; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; The Boeing Company; Booz Allen HamiltonCisco Systems, Inc.; EuroconsultFisher Space Pen Co.; GMVGeneral Dynamics; IBMIntegral SystemsIntelsat General CorporationInternational Academy of Astronautics (IAA)International Space University (ISU); Lockheed Martin; Northrop GrummanParadigm; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Raytheon; SAIC; SES World Skies;Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC); SpaceSystems/LoralSpaceX; Stellar Solutions; United Launch Alliance; and United Space AllianceSpace News International and Aviation Week are official media partners. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; interested companies should contact [email protected].

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is
a global, 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, including the National Space Symposium, 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 TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

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