More than 7,000 participants are expected at the 22nd National Space Symposium, the premier forum for discussion about all facets of the space industry. This year’s event continues to delve into important industry topics with “A Dialogue on U.S. Earth Observations – A Civil and National Security Perspective” and “Research and Development Trades – Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary” panel discussions. The 22nd National Space Symposium takes place April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

The Earth Observations panel will take place April 4 at 2:15 pm. Featured panelists include The Honorable Jim Geringer, former governor for the state of Wyoming and director of policy and public sector strategies, Environmental Systems Research Institute; Mr. Gil I. Klinger, assistant deputy director of National Intelligence for Technical Means/Collection, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Mr. Gregory W. Withee, assistant administrator, NOAA Satellite and Information Service. Acting as moderator is Ms. Nancy S.A. Colleton, president of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.

The Research and Development panel will feature Dr. William L. Ballhaus, president, BAE Systems National Security Solutions; Maj Gen Ted F. Bowlds, USAF, commander, Air Force Research Laboratory; Mr. Richard M. McCormick, special assistant to the director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Mr. Steven D. Nixon, deputy associate director, Science and Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Mr. Ronald F. Taylor, vice president and general manager, Space and National Systems Division, General Dynamics. Dr. Pete L. Rustan, director of Advanced Systems and Technology for the National Reconnaissance Office, will moderate the session, which is scheduled to commence Tuesday, April 4 at 3:45 p.m.

Additional panels at this year’s event include Space Exploration – Moving the Nation Forward; Human and Robotic Space Exploration of the Solar System; A Conversation with the Chairman and Ranking Member, Space and Aeronautics Sub-committee; Acquisition Blueprint – Delivering National Security Space for the Warfighter and Nation; Building Value in Space Companies – The View from Wall Street; Top Talent – Bringing the Best to Bear to Meet the Nation’s Civil and National Security Space Challenges; 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 attracts 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

Highlights of the symposium include a spectacular 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.

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