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Satellite Operators and Manufacturers Comprise Two Panels at 28th National Space Symposium

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March. 13, 2012) — Widely known as the foremost space policy and program forum for the global space community, the 28th National Space Symposium will feature panel discussions with top-level decision makers, including  two panels featuring satellite operators and manufacturers on April 18.

The Space Foundation’s 28th National Space Symposium will be held April 16-19 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is offered in conjunction with a separate Space Foundation conference, Cyber 1.2, to be held during the day on April 16, before the Symposium’s opening ceremony.

About the Satellite Operators and Manufacturers Panels
Both panels are moderated by Space News Editor Warren Ferster and are divided into two consecutive parts:

Satellite Operators & Manufacturers – Part 1

  • John Celli, president, Space Systems/Loral
  • Maj. Gen. Craig Cooning, USAF, Ret., vice president and general manager, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems
  • Jeffrey D. Grant, sector vice president and general manager, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Satellite Operators & Manufacturers – Part 2

  • Matthew Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium Communications, Inc.
  • Samer Halawi, chief executive officer, Thuraya
  • Brig. Gen. Robert (Tip) Osterthaler, USAF, Ret., president and CEO, SES Government Solutions (SES-GS)
  • Kay Sears, president, Intelsat General
  • Andrew Sukawaty, chairman, Inmarsat

The two Wednesday morning panels will be preceded by a presentation by featured speaker, Frank A. Rose, deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy, U.S. Department of State, who is responsible for advising the assistant secretary and the under secretary for arms control and international security on key issues related to arms control and defense policy.

See the complete line up of Symposium speakers and panels at:

To Register
For information about package pricing, military rates and secure online registration for both Cyber 1.2 and the 28th National Space Symposium, go to, which includes a live chat tab for customer service questions.

Cyber 1.2 and 28th National Space Symposium Co-Sponsors
Confirmed co-sponsors include: a.i. solutionsAIAA; Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI); ARES CorporationArianespace, Inc.; ATKBall Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Bechtel; Blue Ridge Networks; The Boeing Company; Booz Allen Hamilton; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Colorado Space Business Roundtable; Colorado Space Coalition; Cyber Security Summit; DLR/Astrium GMBH; DyneticsEuroconsultFluorGMV USAGeneral Dynamics; Global VSAT Forum; Government Executive; ITT Exelis; Intelsat General CorporationInternational Space University (ISU); ISPCSLockheed Martin; Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB); Moog; National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program; Northrop GrummanParadigm Secure CommunicationsPratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; RaytheonSAIC; SES Government Solutions; Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Space Generation Advisory Council; Space Systems/Loral; SpaceRef; SpaceXSpincraft; Stellar Solutions; The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDCUnited Launch Alliance (ULA). Official media partners include Aviation WeekSatNews Publishers and Space News. Sponsorship information can be found at:

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness, 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.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes 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. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch

Pictured: Space News Editor Warren Ferster