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19th National Space Symposium is Go For Launch

04/01/2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Apr. 2, 2003) -- The focus on space has never been sharper. With the Columbia accident still under investigation, new programs proposed at NASA, continued industry consolidation in the U.S. and Europe, and space systems playing a crucial role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, all eyes in the space industry are turning toward the 19th National Space Symposium. The National Space Symposium takes place April 7-10 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and is a program of The Space Foundation. It is the only major space-related conference to fully integrate all sectors of space - commercial, civil and national security - and annually attracts the most senior national leadership of the space community. Despite a weak global economy, the event is setting new records this year, with more than 4,000 people expected to take part, representing more than 500 space companies, agencies and organizations. Visit www.spacesymposium.org for online registration, agenda, and other information or call the Space Foundation at 1-800-691-4000. Despite the exigencies of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Columbia accident investigation, the support of senior government and industry leadership has remained remarkably strong, and the program of speakers is one of the strongest ever. The Boeing Exhibit Center has increased in size by more than 20 percent. "The National Space Symposium is a top priority for the Space Foundation and our customers, and together we plan for it with great purpose," said Elliot G. Pulham, Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are committed to ensuring that this remains the premier space event anywhere in the world and excited to get under way beginning next week." The 19th National Space Symposium's opening ceremony is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation; the exhibit center is sponsored by The Boeing Company; the media center and College Student Luncheon are both sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation; the 15th Anniversary Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the Corporate Partnership Dinner is co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; the cyberspace center is sponsored by Oracle Corporation and the official publication is Space News. Additional sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, CSP Associates, Eastman Kodak Company, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, Holland and Hart, Infinite Links, Iridium Satellite System, ITT Industries, ManTech, MicroSat Systems, Inc., Northrop Grumman, Penwal Industries, Red Canyon Software, Inc., SPACE.com, SpaceVest, Stellar Solutions, STG, Inc. and Veridian. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation and its partnering organizations will conduct the International Space Symposium, Oct. 28-30, 2003, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Space Foundation visit www.spacefoundation.org.

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