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32nd Space Symposium to Open April 11

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Widely known as the most significant annual global space industry conference, the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium will be held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, Colo., attracting thousands of participants from dozens of countries, including the world’s leading decision makers from civil, military, government, commercial and academic institutions.

The 32nd Space Symposium will officially launch on Monday evening, April 11, with opening remarks by Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper and Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham.

The opening ceremony will continue with a performance by Tower of Power and presentation of the Space Foundation’s top awards. Recipients are:

  • Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to Margaret Rhule Baguio, Senior Education Outreach Coordinator, NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium
  • Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award to author Andy Weir
  • Space Achievement Award to SpaceX
  • John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration to the Pluto New Horizons Exploration Team

The opening ceremony is sponsored by Northrop Grumman, with corporate host, Jeffrey D. Grant, Sector Vice President and General Manager of Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

The opening ceremony will be followed by the grand opening of the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and Pavilion, featuring the world’s latest space technology, equipment and services. The evening concludes with fireworks lakeside, co-sponsored by Intelsat General Corporation.

Always known for its dynamic speakers, for 2016 the Space Symposium will have the most stellar lineup of presenters in its 32-year history, including:

  • Dr. Buzz Aldrin, former NASA astronaut
  • Trevor Beattie, Founding Partner, BMB Advertising, London and film producer
  • Jeff Bezos, Founder, Blue Origin, Founder & CEO, Amazon
  • Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr., USMC (Ret.), Administrator, NASA
  • James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine (R-OK), Congressman, Oklahoma’s First District
  • Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, USAF, Commander, 14th Air Force and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space
  • ADM Cecil D. Haney, USN, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  • Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command
  • The Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force
  • LTG David F. Melcher, USA (Ret.), President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Frank Rose, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
  • Adam Schiff (D-CA), Congressman, California’s 28th District
  • Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
  • The Honorable Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense

Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer of The Planetary Society, will moderate the “Science” panel Tuesday afternoon, April 12.

The 32nd Space Symposium program will include a Technical Track, two classified tracks, discussion of emergent space technology, international space panels and a New Generation Space Leader program. The Symposium’s Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and Pavilion will feature more than 180 displays of the world’s latest space technology, products and services.

See all of the confirmed speakers for the 32nd Space Symposium at

Symposium Co-sponsors
a.i. solutions; Aerojet Rocketdyne; Aerus; AGI; Arianespace, Inc.; ASRC Federal; BAE Systems; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Boeing; Booz Allen Hamilton; Colorado Space Coalition; Dynetics; El Pomar Foundation; Euroconsult; FLUOR; General Dynamics; Harris; Holland & Hart; Inmarsat; Intelsat General CorporationLockheed Martin Space Systems Co.; Northrop Grumman; Orbital SystemsRaytheon; RBC Signals; SAIC; Secure World Foundation; SES Government Solutions; Space Angels Network; SpaceX; Spincraft; Stellar Solutions; United Launch Alliance (ULA). Aviation Week Network, Government Executive Media Group; ROOM and Space News are official media partners.