Important news for attendees of the Space Foundation's 30th Space Symposium - in 2014, the Space Symposium will be held a month later than its usual April slot, and is scheduled for May 19-22, 2014, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The date change is due to planned renovation and construction at The Broadmoor.
The 29th National Space Symposium concluded Thursday night with the gala Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner® and the Reception in Celebration of the New Generation Space Leaders. The event proved a successful accomplishment in a challenging year with 9,000 total participants from more than 30 nations. Among the participants were:
The Space Foundation honored two 2013 Space Technology Hall of Fame® inductees at the 29th National Space Symposium with three special events:
The Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and Pavilion was truly an international gathering at the 29th National Space Symposium.
The Teacher Liaison Workshop, which is an annual feature of the Space Symposium, took a different twist this year when attending Teacher Liaisons traveled to the Space Foundation's world headquarters in Colorado Springs for their educational sessions. Seventy-five teachers from 13 states participated in the program, which included:
Both education programs and programs desiged to aid young space professionals in advancing their careers are an important part of the Space Symposium. Space Career Day, held on April 11, combined the two objectives in one event. With almost 100 participants, including students from Space Grant Universities in four states and transitioning military, the full-day event provided exposure to aerospace companies, career advice and an opportunity to tour the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center and to view the final general session presentation at the Space Symposium.
One of the most intriguing panel discussions at the 29th National Space Symposium was conducted by members of the Inspiration Mars Foundation, discussing plans for a manned Mars mission in 2018. Comments included responses to questions from the audience. Key issues addressed included building a robust life support system for the mission and creating a feasible launch and landing architecture.
Air Force Space Command Vice Commander Lt. Gen. John E. Hyten, USAF, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space and Defense Policy (DoD) Frank A. Rose addressed the 29th National Space Symposium April 11 in a panel on space entitled, Region Focus - Space in the Asia Pacific.
GenCorp President and Chief Executive Officer Scott J. Seymour spoke to the 29th National Space Symposium audience on April 11, beginning his speech by reflecting on why the Space Symposium attendees have chosen space as their passion. He said that a primary reason is "harnessing space to protect the freedoms we cherish ... ensuring those freedoms for future generations and enhancing our way of life."
Michael C. Gass, president and chief executive officer, United Launch Alliance (ULA), was corporate host of the Space Symposium's Acquisition Luncheon which was co-sponsored by ULA. He introduced featured speaker, Brig. Gen. Roger W. Teague, USAF, director, strategic plans, programs and analyses, Air Force Space Command.