U.S. space policy and
programs will take center stage as the National Space Symposium returns to
Colorado Springs, April 9-12, 2001.
Space Foundation officials today
announced plans for the 17th gathering of space leaders, set to take place at
the Broadmoor Hotel.

“Space 2001:
An Earth Odyssey” is the theme for this year’s event,
highlighting the important contributions all civil, commercial and national
security space endeavors bring to our daily lives.

Top officials from government, NASA, NOAA, the Department of Defense and
military space commands and agencies will be featured along with industry
executives in a wide ranging program of keynote remarks, panel discussions and
networking opportunities.

Early commitments to participate include Dr. Vance Coffman, chairman and
CEO of Lockheed Martin; General Ed Eberhart, commander in chief of NORAD and
United States Space Command, and commander, Air Force Space Command; Jim
Albaugh, president of Boeing Space and Communications; Al Smith, Executive
Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lt. Gen. James King, director
of the National Imaging and Mapping Agency; Armand Carlier, president, Astrium
and Dave Thompson, president, Spectrum Astro.

Included among panel sessions are:

— The International Space Station — Views from the Crew and Others

— DoD Space Technology

— Remote Sensing and the Imaging Industry

— Export Controls — Still No Solution?

— The Budgets

— The Mars Strategy — Is it the Right Plan?

— Space Transportation — Can it All Work Together?

— Info Ops — The New Mission

— Space Intelligence for the New Millennium

— The Town Hall in Space

The Space Foundation said exhibit space has been expanded for the
symposium to accommodate more and larger exhibits.
More than 27,000 square
feet of exhibits will showcase the latest in space solutions and technology,
an increase of about 5,000 square feet.
Nearly 60 exhibitors have currently
contracted for the exhibit hall.

Other major sponsors include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Spectrum Astro,
The Boeing Company, Raytheon, Honeywell, and Analytical Graphics.

Special events at the symposium include the Opening Ceremony with the
presentation of Foundation awards for space achievement and public outreach,
and the concluding Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner when technologies
originally developed for space and later commercialized to benefit life on
Earth will be inducted.

For updated program information and convenient on-line registration, visit
the official symposium web site, www.spacesymposium.org.