Space Foundation Press Releases

29th National Space Symposium Media Briefings Give Reporters Access to Speakers

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 5, 2013) – Space Foundation media briefings at the 29th National Space Symposium allow reporters special access to some of the event’s key speakers, providing the opportunity to ask questions and take photos. They also offer information about current and breaking news in the space industry

The briefings are held in the Space Foundation Media Center at The Broadmoor Hotel’s Broadmoor Hall, second floor (above the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center).

Tues., April 9, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Speaker: Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command

Tues., April 9, 11:00 a.m. – noon
Ball Aerospace & B612 Foundation
Subject: Sentinel Mission
Speakers: Dr. Scott Hubbard, B612 Program Architect and John Troeltzsch, Ball Aerospace Sentinel Program Manager

Tues., April 9, 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Subject: Protected MilSatCom for the Price of Unprotected – Northrop Grumman is leveraging taxpayers’ investment in proven Protected Military Satellite Communication technologies as the cornerstone of affordability initiatives designed to deliver Protected MilSatCom for the same price as unprotected.
Speaker: Rick Skinner, director, business development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Wed., April 10, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Subject: Space Exploration – New Frontiers
Speakers: John Elbon, Boeing Space Exploration; John Mulholland, Boeing Commercial Crew; John Shannon, Boeing International Space Station; Frank McCall, Boeing Space Launch System; Mike Raftery, the future of Human Space Flight

Wed., April 10, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Harris Corporation
Subject: Iridium NEXT is the embodiment of Iridium’s bold vision for the future of global communications. Each of the 66 satellites in the new constellation will fly a Harris-designed hosted payload, providing the ability to track aircraft globally from space for the first time ever – a revolutionary advancement for the aviation industry. Hear from the executives leading the effort who will discuss public-private partnerships, hosted payloads, aircraft tracking and a host of other cutting edge topics.
Speakers: William Gattle, vice president of Aerospace, Harris Corporation; Scott Smith, executive vice president for Satellite Development & Operation, Iridium Communications Inc.; Don Thoma, president and CEO, Aireon LLC, a joint venture between Iridium and NAV CANADA; Janet Nickloy, 2013 Chair of the Hosted Payload Alliance and director of Aerospace Mission Solutions, Harris Corporation

Wed., April 10, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
University of Hawai’i
Subject: First Satellite Launch Out of the Pacific Missile Range Facility
Speaker: Dr. Luke Flynn, director, Hawai’i Space Flight Laboratory

Media briefings are subject to change and addition. For the most current schedule and additional information, go to


Space Foundation Awards
The Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium provides an ideal opportunity to present its top annual awards. Notable honors to be conferred during the Space Symposium’s opening ceremony on Monday evening, April 8, include:

  • John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration – to NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission Team, to be accepted by Gen. Eugene L. Tattini, deputy director, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award – to Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, accepting the award himself
  • Space Achievement Award – to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to be accepted by Dr. Alexander E. (Sandy) MacDonald, chief science adviser, OAR, director, ESRL
  • Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award – to Colorado teacher Daniel R. Newmyer, Center High School, accepting the award himself

To be presented on Wed., April 10, at the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award luncheon:

  • General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award – posthumously to Neil A. Armstrong and Sally K. Ride, Ph.D., to be accepted by family members

To be presented Thursday evening, April 11:

  • Space Technology Hall of Fame® induction- GATR Inflatable Satellite Communication System and Mediphan Technologies

Learn more about these recipients at

Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and Pavilion
The Space Symposium’s Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and Pavilion is sold out and features the latest in space technology, products and services plus the greatest number of international exhibits in Space Symposium history.

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About the Space Symposium
The Space Foundation’s Space Symposium will be held April 8-11 at The Broadmoor Hotel, with presentations and panel discussions covering all aspects of space. See the most current agenda at

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit 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.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market 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. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Visitors Center with two main areas – the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also 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 FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.