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China's space program leader to address 22nd National Space Symposium

02/20/2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2006) -- The Space Foundation confirmed today that Mr. Luo Ge, vice administrator, China National Space Administration (CNSA), will be a featured speaker at the 22nd National Space Symposium. He will address symposium attendees Wednesday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. The 22nd National Space Symposium takes places April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Luo will lead a delegation of senior officials and executives from China to participate in the conference. With the success of Shenzhou V in 2003, China became only the third nation to launch a manned spacecraft into orbit. In 2005, the two-man crew of Shenzhou VI orbited the Earth for 115 hours. China has announced plans for a lunar mission by 2017. Prior to appointment to his current position as Vice Administrator in 2004, Luo served as the Deputy Director General and Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the CNSA. Luo also has worked in the Ministry of Aerospace, the Second Academy of the Ministry of Aerospace, and the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). The 22nd National Space Symposium is the premier annual space industry conference and draws senior leaders from civil, commercial, and national security space organizations to participate as speakers, panelists, exhibitors, and attendees. Additional confirmed speakers include The Honorable Ken Calvert, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Mark Udall, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Dr. Michael Griffin, administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, under secretary of the Air Force; and Lt Gen C. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command. The 22nd National Space Symposium begins April 3 with the opening ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman, the opening night reception, co-sponsored by ITT, and the opening night dessert reception and fireworks, co-sponsored by General Dynamics. Other highlights of the conference include the Corporate Partnership reception, co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; the Corporate Partnership dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award luncheon, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; the Space Technology Hall of Fame reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner, co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; and the largest ever Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center. Additional co-sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., ASRC Federal, ATK, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Florida Space Authority, Harris Corporation, Inmarsat, MTC Technologies, Nortel Government Solutions, Space News, SpaceVest, Spherical Magic, Stellar Solutions, and Swales Aerospace. An updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, exhibitor list, complete list of sponsors, and secure registration can be found online at www.NationalSpaceSymposium.org. About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Inside Aerospace, April 24-25, 2006; Strategic Space and Defense, 10-12 Oct. 2006, in Omaha, Neb.; and Florida Space, Dec. 5-7, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.

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