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Annual Report: Cyber 1.2, National Space Symposium are Huge Success

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Following is information found in the Space Foundation's 2012 annual report.

The premier gathering of space professionals in the world, the 28th National Space Symposium, was held April 16-19 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Highlights included:

  • The largest number of exhibitors ever - more than 165, including 42 first-time participants - in the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center Pavilion.
  • More than 9,000 participants, including registrants, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors and visitors, representing more than 800 organizations.
  • Almost 40 nations represented, including speakers and exhibitors, our first international Teacher Liaison and our first-ever non-U.S. inductee into the Space Technology Hall of Fame®.
  • Presentation of prestigious Space Foundation awards.
  • An extraordinary slate of speakers and panelists representing the top levels in government, industry, civil space, science, personal spaceflight and academia.
  • The most diverse group of co-sponsors in our history.
  • Announcement of $375,000 in funding from Northrop Grumman for the Northrop Grumman Science Center at our world headquarters.

On the Agenda...

From the rousing Colorado Springs Philharmonic performance at the Opening Ceremony to the inspiring examples of the benefits of space to humankind at the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, the 28th National Space Symposium provided thought-provoking, entertaining and motivational content.

Highlights included:

  • A stirring plea for public and government re-engagement with space by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, bestselling author and host of COSMOS.
  • Ample discussion of industry concerns, accomplishments and challenges, including a humorous take on space from author, satirist and Space Foundation Board Member P.J. O'Rourke.
  • Perspectives from multiple branches of the U.S. military, the United States Strategic Command, the Federal Aviation Administration, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Departments of Defense and State.
  • Viewpoints from space agencies and ministries from around the world, representing the U.S., Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Netherlands and Germany.
  • More focus than ever on the large - and growing - satellite portion of the space industry.
  • A rousing discussion among some of the brightest and most intriguing intellects in the science world.
  • Three special luncheons: the Warfighters Luncheon, celebrating the men and women who serve in the military around the world; an "issues luncheon" concentrating on national security acquisition strategies; and a Colorado space industry luncheon.
  • Discussions of the societal, environmental, national security and economic benefits of space, the need to inspire young people to pursue space careers, hosted payloads, the future of personal spaceflight and the growing need for international military collaboration.

Cyber 1.2

Cyber 1.2 - our second major cyberspace conference - was held April 16 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The agenda featured discussions focusing on:

  • Risk-mitigating strategies and enterprise solutions.
  • The need for speed, creative ideas and multinational industry/government collaboration to address the dynamic cyber threat environment.
  • The need for enhanced situational awareness, mobility, secure infrastructure, secure applications and training.
  • Differentiating "need to know" from "right to share," including reducing the amount of information that is classified.
  • Managing cyber defense by gathering information on both attacks and the nature of attacks.
  • The economic impact of cybersecurity.

See What Happened

Photos and videos covering the entire event are posted here.

Learn about this year's events, Cyber 1.3 and the 29th National Space Symposium, here.



This article is part of Space Watch: April 2013 (Volume: 12, Issue: 4).