Space Foundation plans 21st Symposium; Rutan, Allen among invitees

       The Westside-based Space Foundation has announced its theme and dates for the 21st National Space Symposium.
       The annual event, which is organized by the nonprofit foundation in conjunction with major national space companies and military and government space organizations, will be April 4-7 at The Broadmoor Hotel.
       The theme will be “New Horizons.”
       “It is truly an exciting time for the space industry right now,” said Elliot G. Pulham, president and chief executive officer of the Space Foundation. “The country has a vision for space exploration; we're witnessing the birth of new, trailblazing private space endeavors; and the world is using space at unprecedented levels in the private and military sectors.”
       More than 6,500 international space professionals are expected to participate in the event. Early participation commitments have been made by Sean O'Keefe, NASA administrator; Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton; Gen. Lance Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command; and retired Gen. Thomas Moorman, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton.
       Among those invited (but who have not yet confirmed) are space entrepreneurs Burt Rutan and Paul Allen, according to Andy Roake, media relations director for the Space Foundation. Rutan's and Allen's privately funded SpaceShipOne orbited Earth in October and now they are talking about a future of space tourism.
       “It's a big thing,” Roake said. “It's really exciting what they've done.”
       For a current Symposium exhibitor list, to register online or for more information about the agenda, speakers and sponsors, visit www.spacesymposium.org. The phone number is 576-8000.
       Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs at 310 S. 14th St., the Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and education. The foundation also has offices in Washington D.C. and Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release