Today the Space Foundation announced additional confirmed featured speakers for its 23rd National Space Symposium. Gen Paul V. Hester, USAF, commander, Pacific Air Forces; Lt Gen C. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director, Rose Center for Earth and Space, Hayden Planetarium; and Mr. Kaoru Mamiya, vice president, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have recently confirmed their participation as featured speakers. The 23rd National Space Symposium, the premier annual space industry conference, will be held April 9-12, 2007, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

These speakers will join a distinguished list of previously confirmed featured speakers including Under Secretary of the Air Force, The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega; NASA Administrator, The Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin; Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Dr. Donald M. Kerr; Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen T. Michael Moseley (USAF); Commander of Air Force Space Command, Gen Kevin P. Chilton (USAF); and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mr. Robert J. Stevens.

Hester, Kehler and Mamiya will participate in the program agenda. Tyson, who’s book, Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries, is currently on The New York Times best seller list, will be the featured speaker at the Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Highlights of the 23rd National Space Symposium 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 reception, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; opening night fireworks and dessert reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Corporate Partnership dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; and 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.

Additional co-sponsors of the symposium are Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), Ares Corporation, ATK, Axiom Worldwide, BAE Systems, BearingPoint, Cisco Systems, CSP Associates, General Dynamics, Honeywell, IAC 2008 Ltd., Infinite Links, ITT, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), SPACEHAB, 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