National symposium places space on a much wider radar

The 22nd National Space Symposium begins today at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. This annual space industry conference is attended by more than 7,000 commercial, civil, and national security space professionals.

The 22nd National Space Symposium begins today at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. This annual space industry conference is attended by more than 7,000 commercial, civil, and national security space professionals.

Attendees will discuss the role that federally funded research and development, university research, and national laboratories play in the nation's space endeavors. There will be a discussion of the values of mobile satellite technology and its broadening uses in the space industry, as well as a discussion on robotic and human space exploration. The Space Technology Hall of Fame will also induct its latest entries that were announced March 8.

The event is put together by the Space Foundation and takes place in the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center.

Why does it matter?

"As the space and communications industries evolve, a symposium such as this is a perfect venue for companies to meet with and network with various government and commercial entities that are involved in the space industry," says Clayton Callihan of InterProse PR in Reston, VA.

Space is the next big thing in the communications world. After tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, space technologies and mobile satellites could help improve communications in such situations, making it easier to relay the news in times of crisis.

"It is no longer just the government involved in space venture," adds Callihan. "There are [many] commercial undertakings that are using space for communications purposes."

Five facts:
1
One of the key speakers at the conference will be the leader of the Japanese space program, Kaoru Mamiya, VP of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

2 The Space Foundation and NASA established the Space Technology Hall of Fame to increase public awareness of the space exploration programs. Established in 1988, the Hall has honored 52 technologies that improve life on Earth.

3 Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon, will be honored with the Gen. James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award on Wednesday. The award recognizes people who have made a contribution to the advancement of humankind through the exploration of space.

4 The symposium features a career fair for college students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business administration. The career fair was established four years ago and gives students a unique chance to meet some of the top people in the aerospace field.

5 Some of the sponsors for the event include Lockheed Martin, The New York Times, Cisco Systems, Nortel, Sterling Computers, and ASRC Federal.

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