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33rd Space Symposium Will Bring Space Leaders from More Than 30 Countries to Discuss Global Space Activity

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 7, 2017) – Space leaders from more than 30 countries, are expected to attend the Space Foundation’s 33rd Space Symposium, participating as speakers, panelists and exhibitors, and with delegations representing China, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Russia and the European Commission.

The 33rd Space Symposium will be held April 3-6 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and two of the featured speakers addressing global space issues will be:

  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner, European Commission
  • Yulong Tian, Secretary-General, China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Panel discussions will focus on “The U.S.-Russia Space Relationship,” “Space in Canada” and “Space in Australia,” plus a session on “Japan Space Policy — The Latest from Tokyo,” with Shuzo Takada, Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office of Japan, and Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, Professor, Kyoto University and Board Member of Space Policy Committee, Cabinet Office of Japan.

The first panel presentation of the four-day Symposium will be a discussion by 15 of the world’s top space agency leaders. Moderated by The Honorable Robert S. Walker, Executive Chairman, Wexler & Walker, the panel includes:

  • Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Ph.D., Director General, United Arab Emirates Space Agency
  • Professor Roberto Battiston, President, Italian Space Agency (ASI)
  • Gwang-Rae Cho, Ph.D., President, Korean Aerospace Research Institute
  • Professor Pascale Erhenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Igor Komarov, Director General, ROSCOSMOS
  • Sylvain Laporte, President, Canadian Space Agency
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES)
  • Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., Acting Administrator, NASA
  • Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Ph.D., General Director, Mexican Space Agency
  • Ger Nieuwpoort, Ph.D., Director, Netherlands Space Office
  • Dr. Naoki Okumura, President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Marius-Ioan Piso, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Romanian Space Agency
  • Yulong Tian, Secretary-General, China National Space Administration (CNSA)
  • Pham Anh Tuan, Ph.D., Director General, Vietnam National Satellite Center
  • Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA)

A special meeting of the U.S.-German Aerospace Roundtable (UGART) will also be held during the Space Symposium.

For 2017, the Symposium’s Boeing Exhibit Center and Pavilion features 188 displays of the latest in space technology, products and services, with 27 exhibitors from outside of the U.S., including companies based in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the UAE, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. See all of the exhibitors, speakers, panels and Symposium tracks by visiting for complete conference information.

Co-sponsors for the 33rd Space Symposium include: a.i. solutions; Airbus Safran Launchers; AGI; ASRC Federal; Ball Aerospace; Blue Origin; Boeing; Booz Allen Hamilton; The Broadmoor; Colorado Space Coalition; Dynetics; El Pomar Foundation; Euroconsult; EutelsatHarris; Inmarsat; L3 Technologies; Lockheed Martin; ManTech International Corporation; Maui Economic Development Board; Northrop Grumman; Raytheon; Secure World Foundation; SES Government Solutions; Stellar Solutions; SpaceX; Spincraft; Tesat Spacecom; United Launch Alliance (ULA); USRA.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites — and — and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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