The National Space Symposium, conducted by the Space Foundation, is widely recognized as the premier annual space industry conference and the preferred venue for all sectors of the global space industry – civil, commercial, and national security – to come together. A special panel, “Top Talent – Bringing the Best to Bear to Meet the Nation’s Civil and National Security Space Challenges,” will discuss the critical role federally funded research and development, national laboratories, and university affiliated research centers play in our nation’s space endeavors. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 at 3:45 p.m. The 22nd National Space Symposium takes place April 3-6 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

The top talent panel features Dr. William Ballhaus, Jr., president and chief executive officer, The Aerospace Corporation; Dr. David L. Briggs, director, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Jerry Krill, assistant director, Applied Physics Laboratory, The John Hopkins University; Maj Gen Michael D. Pavich, USAF (Retired), director, Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University Research Foundation; Dr. Alton D. Romig, Jr., deputy director for Integrated Technology Programs, Sandia National Laboratories; and Lt Gen Eugene L. Tattini, USAF (Retired), deputy director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA). Brig Gen Duane W. Deal, USAF (Retired), director of National Security Space Programs, Applied Physics Laboratory at The Johns Hopkins University, will moderate.

Confirmed featured speakers include The Honorable Maria Cino, deputy secretary, United States Department of Transportation; NASA Administrator The Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin; The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, under secretary of the Air Force; The Honorable Shana L. Dale, deputy administrator, NASA; Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command; Lt Gen C. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; Mr. LUO Ge, vice administrator, China National Space Administration (CNSA); and Mr. Kaoru Mamiya, vice president, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Congressional speakers include The Honorable Ken Calvert, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Mark Udall, United States House of Representatives; and The Honorable Thomas Feeney, United States House of Representatives.

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Special highlights of the conference are the opening ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the opening night reception, co-sponsored by ITT; the opening night fireworks and dessert reception, co-sponsored by General Dynamics; 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.

Other co-sponsors include AirLaunch, LLC, Analytical Graphics, Inc., ASRC Federal, ATK, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Florida Space Authority, Harris Corporation, Inmarsat, Integral Systems, MTC Technologies, The New York Times, Nortel Government Solutions, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceVest, Spherical Magic, Stellar Solutions, and Swales Aerospace.

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