Press Release

5th Wernher Von Braun Memorial Symposium: Space Exploration, Security and Commerce: Our Path Forward

By SpaceRef Editor
October 10, 2012
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What: The Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium will feature panel discussions and guest speakers reflecting government, industry, academia, business and international perspectives on space exploration.

When: Oct. 15-18, 2012

Where: The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Business Administration Building, Chan Auditorium


8:45 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, Oct. 16
Marshall Space Flight Center Update
Speaker: Patrick Scheuermann, Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Keynote Address
Speaker: Robert Lightfoot, Associate Administrator, NASA Headquarters

10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
NASA Human Space Exploration Plans and Update

Moderator: Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for
Exploration Systems Development, NASA Headquarters

Todd May, Manager, Space Launch System Program, NASA Marshall Center
Charlie Lundquist, Manager, Orion Crew and Service Module, NASA Johnson Space Center
Scott Colloredo, Chief Architect, Ground Systems Development and Operations, NASA Kennedy Space Center

12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Luncheon Address
Speaker: Mason Peck, NASA Chief Technologist

4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Robotic and Human Exploration
Moderator: Jim Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Steve Creech, SLS Strategic Development Manager, NASA Marshall Center
Ben Reed, Deputy Project Manager, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, NASA Goddard
Michael Wargo, Exploration Chief Scientist, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Fuk Li, Director, Mars Exploration Directorate; Mars Exploration Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dan Schumacher, Manager, Science & Technology Office, NASA Marshall Center

8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17
Challenges and Solutions for National Security Space
Moderator: Mike Griffin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schafer

Rich McKinney, Deputy Undersecretary, U.S. Air Force, Space Programs
Brig. Gen. Tim Coffin, U.S. Army, Deputy Commanding General for
Operations, Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Forces Command
Richard Matlock, Program Executive for Advanced Technology, Missile Defense Agency
Dale Thomas, Associate Director, Technical, NASA Marshall Center
Dave Barnhart, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Maj. Gen. Susan Mashiko, U.S. Air Force, Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office
Fred Doyle, Vice President and Corporate Executive, Defense & Intelligence Community, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Mike Hamel, Chief of Staff, Orbital Sciences Corp.

To attend: All sessions will be open to the news media to attend at no charge. News media may register in advance at

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