Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 9, 2005) Top leaders from Congress, the White House and NASA are the latest additions to the 21st National Space Symposium, scheduled for April 4-7, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Honorable Ken Calvert, Dr. John Marburger III, and Col Fred Gregory, USAF (Retired), have confirmed as featured speakers at the symposium, according to Space Foundation officials.

Calvert represents Southern California’s 44th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee in the 109th Congress. He will address the symposium on Tuesday, April 5, at 8:30 am.

As director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Marburger has been at the forefront of several White House policies affecting the space community. He will speak on Thursday, April 7, at 2:00 pm.

Gregory is serving as acting administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A former astronaut, he has been deputy administrator at the agency, taking on acting administrator responsibilities last month. Gregory will speak during the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman, on April 7.

This marks the first time that Calvert and Marburger have addressed the National Space Symposium. They join previously confirmed featured speakers Gen Lance Lord, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command; Gen James Cartwright, USMC, commander, United States Strategic Command; ADM Thomas Keating, USN, commander, United States Northern Command and NORAD; and Lt Gen Brian Arnold, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Center.

More than 6,500 registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors and media members are expected to attend the 21st National Space Symposium. Hosted by the Space Foundation, the symposium is the premier annual space industry conference anywhere in the world and features an integrated program of speakers and panels focused on civil, commercial and national security space issues. Educational activities, including a Space Career Fair, are also planned.

The symposium kicks off on Monday, April 4, with a spectacular opening ceremony, co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; opening night reception, co-sponsored by ITT Industries; and opening night dessert reception and fireworks, co-sponsored by General Dynamics. Sponsorship highlights include the 34,000-square-foot exhibit center, co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; media center, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin; corporate partnership reception, co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; 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; and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Award dinner, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

Additional co-sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., ATK Thiokol, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corp., EcoQuest International, Florida Space Authority, Harris Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell Aerospace, Infinite Links, Inmarsat,, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceVest, Stellar Solutions, and Swales Aerospace.

For complete conference details and online registration, visit or call the Space Foundation toll-free in the United States and Canada at (800) 691-4000.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., 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, Space at the Crossroads, set for May 18, 2005, in Washington, D.C., and Strategic Space 2005, scheduled Oct. 4-6, 2005, in Omaha, Neb. For more information about the Space Foundation, visit