The Space Foundation, in association with Space News and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), will host the 2002 International Space Symposium in Toulouse, France. CNES, the French Space Agency, is the host sponsoring space agency for the gathering of global space leaders, to be held at the Centre de Congres — Pierre Baudis, September 10-13, 2002.

Developed in coordination with a broad international coalition of space agencies and organizations, the forum is designed to address business aspects of the $100 billion global space industry. Conducted since 1999, the event has been previously held in Washington, DC.

Participating agencies include ASI – Italian Space Agency; Austrian Space Agency; British Space Centre; Canadian Space Agency; DLR – German Space Agency; European Space Agency; Indian Space Research Organization; NASA; NASDA – Japanese Space Agency; ROSAVIAKOSMOS – Russian National Space Agency; U.S. Department of Commerce; and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs.

Supporting organizations are Aerospace Industries Association; Aerospace States Association; American Astronautical Society; Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council; Astro Chile; China Space Foundation; International Astronautical Federation; International Space University; NASA Alumni League; National Space Society; Satellite Industry Association; Society of Satelllite Professionals International; Space Policy Institute, George Washington University; Space Transportation Association; Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics; TsNIIMash; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Space Enterprise Council.

“The Space Foundation is proud to enjoy a strong, long-term partnership with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales,” said Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham. “The participation and support of CNES has been instrumental in the rapid growth of the International Space Symposium as a premier international industry event, which in 2001 attracted participants from more than 40 nations.”

The Space Foundation is one of the world’s leading space organizations, supporting industry leaders, space professionals and educators in their efforts to promote all facets of space – commercial, national security and civil. The Space Foundation’s annual National Space Symposium is recognized around the world as the premier U.S. space policy forum.

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