The National Space Symposium, the space industry’s premier conference, annually brings together all sectors of space civil, commercial, and national security -to discuss the most current and pressing issues facing the space industry. One critical issue to everyone in the space industry is how to balance requirements for safety, effectiveness, and reliability with the need to create, innovate, and enable new technologies. This hot topic, raised at Strategic Space and Defense 2006, will be addressed in the panel entitled “Striking the Appropriate Balance Between Innovation and Risk.” The panel is one of a series bridging the Symposium with the global security conference, Strategic Space and Defense, which the Space Foundation conducts annually with its partner, Space News. This panel will take place at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. The 23rd National Space Symposium is scheduled for April 9-12, 2007, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Contributing to this important and timely discussion is a panel of leading experts who bring an incredible breadth and depth of experience and perspectives from across the space industry. The panelists include Maj Gen Ted F. Bowlds, USAF, commander, Air Force Research Laboratory; Mr. Edward D. Horowitz, president and chief executive officer, SES Americom; Lt Gen Eugene L. Tattini, USAF (Retired), deputy director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Dr. Anthony J. Tether, director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Mr. Kevin E. Williams, director, Global Innovation and Strategy Center, United States Strategic Command; Mr. Christopher D. Young, president and general manager, Space Systems Division, ITT.

This dynamic discussion will be led by Mr. Lon L. Rains, vice president of trade publishing (editorial), Imaginova Corp. and editor, Space News, who will serve as the panel’s moderator. In addition to this outstanding panel, the 23rd National Space Symposium is packed with featured speeches and other timely panel discussions by the most senior government officials and industry leaders in space. Among the more than 7,000 expected registrants, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and media are the senior executive leadership from NASA, NOAA, and other civil space and government agencies; the commercial space and satellite broadcasting industry; the Department of Defense and military space commands; space entrepreneurs; universities and academia; and senior representatives from the global space industry.

Highlights of the 23rd National Space Symposium also include an extensive exhibit center showcasing more than 140 companies and organizations, co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; a spectacular Opening Ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; Opening Night Reception, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; Opening Night Fireworks and Dessert Reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Corporate Partnership Cocktail Reception, co-sponsored by Arianespace, Inc.; the Corporate Partnership Dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; the presentation of the Space Foundation’s highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, at a luncheon co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Additional co-sponsors of the symposium are Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), Ares Corporation, Astrotech, ATK, Axiom Worldwide, BAE Systems, BearingPoint, Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, CSP Associates, General Dynamics, Honeywell, IAC 2008 Ltd., Infinite Links, ITT, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Space Florida, Stellar Solutions, Swales Aerospace, and United Launch Alliance. Media partners for the 23rd National Space Symposium are Aviation Week, The New York Times and Space News. Frontier Airlines is the official airline of the conference.

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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 inspires, enables, and propels tomorrow’s explorers. The Space Foundation also has an office in Washington, D.C., and field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, trade association services, research and analysis for the global space industry, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom. Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation also conducts Strategic Space and Defense (Oct. 9-11, 2007), in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit