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"The Government Buys Commercial" will be Featured Panel at 27th National Space Symposium

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 27, 2011) — The premier gathering of the global space community, the 27th National Space Symposium will be held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Spring, Colo. Of special interest to the commercial aerospace industry will be a panel discussion on the last day of the Symposium “The Government Buys Commercial.”

Moderated by Paul L. Graziani, chief executive officer and founder of Analytical Graphics Inc., (AGI), panel members include:

  • Charles S. Baker, acting director, Office of Space Commercialization, U.S. Dept. of Commerce and deputy assistant administrator for Satellite and Information Services, NOAA
  • Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, USAF (Retired), senior vice president of corporate strategy and development, Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • Maj. Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF, director, Space Programs Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

This discussion is in addition to a previously announced Symposium panel, “CEOs on the Issues.” Moderated by Euroconsult CEO and managing director Pacôme Révillon, the CEOs panel includes:

  • Matthew J. Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium Communications, Inc. 
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, chairman and chief executive officer, Arianespace, Inc.
  • David McGlade, chief executive officer, Intelsat
  • Andrew Sukawaty, chairman and chief executive officer, Inmarsat

About the 27th National Space Symposium
The annual Space Foundation National Space Symposium brings together all sectors of space to highlight accomplishments and address opportunities and issues facing the global space community today. Register for the 27th National Space Symposium before March 18 to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate. See details at

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; IBM; ILA Berlin Air ShowIntegral SystemsIntelsat General CorporationInternational Academy of Astronautics (IAA)International Space University (ISU); Lockheed Martin; MoogNorthrop GrummanParadigm; Pratt & Whitney RocketdyneQinetiQ; Raytheon; SAIC; SES World SkiesSpace 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.

Pictured: Panel moderator Paul L. Graziani, chief executve officer and founder of Analytical Graphics Inc., (AGI)