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Countdown Begins for 28th National Space Symposium

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Countdown Begins for 28th National Space SymposiumCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 3, 2011) — The countdown has begun for the 28th National Space Symposium, which is set for April 16-19 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Space Foundation is offering a Super Early Bird rate with up to $500 in savings for industry attendees who register before Jan. 13, 2012.

Plus, attendees can order The Space Report 2012: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity at the same time for an exclusive low rate of $69.50 – a 50 percent savings that will not be offered anywhere else!

28th National Space Symposium details, including the initial agenda, how to get the Super Early Bird rate, how to exhibit and how to register securely online can be found at, which launched just this week.

Extraordinary Agenda
Recognized as the premier gathering of the global space community, the 28th National Space Symposium will feature forums, panels, presentations, speeches, special events and ample opportunity to hear from and network with the space community’s most influential leaders.

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect at the 28th National Space Symposium:

  • Speakers representing every facet of the global space community
  • The Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center, completely reconfigured to include a brand new Pavilion with better access and exposure for every exhibitor 
  • A fabulous Opening Ceremony featuring – back by popular demand – the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performing from The Planets by Gustav Holst 
  • A special forum featuring some of the greatest scientific minds of our lifetime 
  • Presentation of Space Foundation awards, including the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, the John L. “Jack” Swigert Award for Space Exploration, the Space Achievement Award and the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award 
  • A separate full-day Cyber 1.2 event on Monday, April 16, that delves even deeper into the developing cyber domain and its intersection with space. Cyber 1.2 requires separate registration; a substantial discount is available when registration is combined with National Space Symposium registration.
  • Special events and programs for New Generation Space Leaders, educators, students, media and corporate partners 
  • The gala Space Technology Hall of Fame® dinner honoring 2012 inductees into the prestigious program that honors space technologies that have been adapted to improve life on Earth

Confirmed Speakers
Among speakers confirmed for the 28th National Space Symposium are:

  • Bruce A. Carlson, director, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Jean-Jacques Dordain, director general, European Space Agency 
  • Gen. C. Robert Kehler, USAF, commander, United States Strategic Command
  • Letitia A. Long, director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 
  • Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command 
  • William H. Swanson, chairman and chief executive officer, Raytheon Company

Full details and speaker biographies are available on the 28th National Space Symposium website and will be constantly updated as additional speakers confirm their participation.

28th National Space Symposium Co-Sponsors
Confirmed co-sponsors include: Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI);  Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Blue Ridge NetworksMaui Economic Development Board (MEDB); Moog; Northrop Grumman; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Raytheon; SES Government SolutionsAviation Week and Space News are official media partners. Sponsorship information can be found at:

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 a field office in Houston, Texas. 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.

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