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Space Symposium attracts 14,000 to Colorado Springs to hear top speakers

April 13, 2018 Updated: April 16, 2018 at 6:29 am
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Space Symposium attendees visit the Boeing STARLINER flight simulator Thursday, April 6, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

The 34th annual Space Symposium, a four-day conference at The Broadmoor hotel that attracts 14,000 participants, hundreds of exhibits and big-name speakers headlined by Vice President Mike Pence, starts Monday.

The event is the largest convention held in Colorado Springs and has an annual economic impact estimated at $30 million.

The event - which is divided into the symposium's main program, two classified programs, workshops for space professionals 35 and younger, a technical track and a global gathering that focuses on the accomplishments of and opportunities for women in the space industry - attracts participants from more than 40 countries as attendees, exhibitors, panelists and speakers. The symposium's Exhibit Center and expanded Pavilion will feature 200 exhibitors.

The Space Foundation also hosts an awards presentation Monday that includes the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, the John L. "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration, the Space Achievement Award and the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. Most of the rest of the program Monday is classified or part of the symposium's technical track.

Other major speakers include:

- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday

- National Aeronautic and Space Administration Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot Jr. at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday

- Air Force Space Command Commander Gen. John "Jay" Raymond at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

- National Reconnaissance Office Director Betty Sapp at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday

- Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson at 2 p.m. Tuesday

- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday

- ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation Director General Igor Komarov at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday

- China National Space Administration Secretary General Yulong Tian at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday

- Japanese National Space Policy Secretariat Director General Shuzo Takada at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday

- South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology Deputy Minister Byung-Seon Jeong at 11:20 a.m. Thursday

- Aerospace Industries Association CEO Eric Fanning at 2:20 p.m. Thursday

The agenda also includes panel discussions on Space Challenges, Opportunities, and Synergies; Emerging Partners in the Space Domain; National Infrastructure and Security Applications for Weather and Oceans; The Economics of Deep Space; Emerging Space Economies; Asia and the Pacific Perspectives on Space Cooperation; Return to the Moon; A New Generation of Optical Communications; How New Business Models Disrupt Space Business; The Promise of Agile Launch; Army Space Today; Exploration Strategies; NASA's James Webb Telescope, the Latest on Tomorrow's Observatory; and Warfare that Extends into Space.

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