Building Value in Space Companies – The View from Wall Street will be a featured panel session at the 22nd National Space Symposium. The panel will present space professionals with a financial and analytical view of the space industry. Ms. Heidi Wood, managing director for Morgan Stanley and a member of the Space Foundation’s board of directors, will moderate the panel Wednesday, April 5 at 9:15 a.m. The conference takes place April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

As managing director, Wood serves as the senior equity analyst in aerospace, defense and defense electronics and directs global equity sector coverage. She is the president of the New York Aerospace Analyst Society and also has served a presidential appointment on the Commission for the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry. Woods was a co-chair on the finance/investment sub-committee for this Commission.

The Wall Street panel will feature Mr. Wes G. Bush, corporate vice president and chief financial officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Ms. Jill Smith, president and chief executive officer, DigitalGlobe; Mr. David Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; and Mr. Lou Von Thaer, president, Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics.

Additional topics covered at this year’s event include Acquisition Blueprint – Delivering National Security Space for the Warfighter and Nation; Space Exploration – Moving the Nation Forward; The Next Wave – Mobile Satellite Broadband in the Palm of Your Hand; and Competitiveness – Maintaining an Edge in the Global Space Economy.

The National Space Symposium, conducted by the Space Foundation, is the premier annual space industry conference and draws the most senior leaders from all sectors of the global space industry – civil, commercial, and national security. An updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, exhibitor list, complete list of sponsors, and secure registration can be found online at

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 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, Nortel Government Solutions, Space News, 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